Old Postcard Wednesday--Wilson's Rest...

Old Postcard Wednesday--Wilson's Restaurant (aka Holy Alamo Ministry), 13136 Sierra Hwy., Saugus, CA

There are 31 comments on the writerquake.blogspot.com story from Sep 9, 2009, titled Old Postcard Wednesday--Wilson's Restaurant (aka Holy Alamo Ministry), 13136 Sierra Hwy., Saugus, CA. In it, writerquake.blogspot.com reports that:

Sometimes you just can't keep it simple stupid Such is the case concerning this week's old postcard. I selected it from the box and scanned it Tuesday afternoon in preparation for the post, which I figured would entail an end-of-summer-travel kind of discussion and how places like Wilson's Restaurant are iconic representations of Americans' love of a good road trip.

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Since: Dec 07

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#1 Sep 9, 2009
This writer deserves a Pulitzer for the research she's done on this one-time, out-of-the-way, landmark roadhouse and it's evolution into the historical Nightmare Cult it has become.
arnold

United States

#2 Sep 10, 2009
Ha, just another Spahn ranch, which was located near the Santa Susanna mountains, 30 miles NW of LA. Wonder how close the proximity to 13136 Sierra Hwy.
Still Another Ex Member

Kapolei, HI

#3 Sep 10, 2009
I loved going there, when I first moved into the foundation(1971), but it became a heaviness of the heart as the years went by.. When it was Wilson's Restaurant, it looked really neat; with all the booths that were there... It's hard to believe that Sierra Highway used to be the main road to Las Vegas (or Lost Wages, as my dad used to call it)...
Still Another Ex Member

Kapolei, HI

#4 Sep 10, 2009
Anyone remember Tip's (the restaurant-'down the road'?) I used to love going there...
Still Another Ex Member

Kapolei, HI

#5 Sep 10, 2009
Hey, what happened to every one? Not much activity on these boards...
brother d

Lawrenceville, GA

#6 Sep 10, 2009
The architecture of that old place is so classic and the live oak trees are magnificent. So many memories there. I drove by there years after I left the cult and it seemed so small and withered and unwelcoming. Not at all like I remembered it. Maybe a new owner will find it who will recognize its real beauty and exorcise the mean spirits who have usurped the place.
brother d

Lawrenceville, GA

#7 Sep 10, 2009
I always remember Sue closing out the TV show with "We don't ask for donations or handouts. We are self sufficient, but you can write to us at 13136 Sierra Highway, Saugus, California, 91350." I wonder what she was expecting the viewers to write about, her dye job? or how here heavy makeup detracted from her crooked teeth? She never said not to put a little something in the envelope though. Maybe she wouldn't have had to steal Granny Cook's house from her if she was able to con enough viewers with a bunch of kids in polyester leisure suits.
Wellilbe

Perryville, AR

#8 Sep 10, 2009
Well Ill be!
He turned an iconic mom and pop into a flimflam prayer house, conveniently located to capture weary travelers to or from the all consuming LA. Even in disguise, they probably couldnt get the greasy dinner image and smell out of the minds of many nostalgic travelers. How cheesy! Just like his grin. If it is still standing,someone should buy the old place and turn it back into dinner.

BTW - it didnt take long to catch up after this get-a-way. Ill be on the road again in Oct. We were smart enough to save some Vac time for Fall fun and football.

Watching patiently for news about sentencing!
arnold

United States

#9 Sep 10, 2009
I would like to see Wellspring get the joint. Someone must them abreast of any auction, foreclosure or sale. At the rate Dewey, Cheatum and Howe are soaking out the frivolous appeals, the money train from the current 'owners' is bound to come to an abrupt end. Too bad the stinkin' lawyers are getting fat fees, money that the victims should be receiving.

Since: Dec 07

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#10 Sep 10, 2009
brother d wrote:
I always remember Sue closing out the TV show with "We don't ask for donations or handouts. We are self sufficient, but you can write to us at 13136 Sierra Highway, Saugus, California, 91350." I wonder what she was expecting the viewers to write about, her dye job? or how here heavy makeup detracted from her crooked teeth? She never said not to put a little something in the envelope though. Maybe she wouldn't have had to steal Granny Cook's house from her if she was able to con enough viewers with a bunch of kids in polyester leisure suits.
Amen brother d! That was the beginning of the end for me. Making Granny sign over her beautiful house in Tujunga and taking the money, THEN putting her up (like a rental tenant) in their 'church' house across the street like it was a blessing or something. That house may have been a breath of fresh air to those of us visiting from #2 sleeping on the floor of the barn, but it was a definate DOWNgrade from Granny's own house they TOOK from her.

Since: Dec 07

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#11 Sep 10, 2009
brother d wrote:
The architecture of that old place is so classic and the live oak trees are magnificent. So many memories there. I drove by there years after I left the cult and it seemed so small and withered and unwelcoming. Not at all like I remembered it. Maybe a new owner will find it who will recognize its real beauty and exorcise the mean spirits who have usurped the place.
And the beautiful little stream the brothers cleaned out and made into a shady respite... you guys who labored in love without complaining were amazing ;-)
Modesto

United States

#12 Sep 11, 2009
I remember a very large Live Oak on the side of the back path leading down to the back of the property and to the little shacks next door.One night Tony gave a message at the Saugus Church in which he said something like "God has showm n me that I am strong like that oak tree over there"(indicating the one described above}.The very next morning the same tree was on it's side I guess knocked over by the wind. What a synchronicity that was!!
arnold

United States

#13 Sep 11, 2009
Bet he could have put an Alamo twist on that the next day, ha. Like I am stronger than that oak tree because I am still standing! Alamo seemed to suit prophecy according to his own pompous arrogancy, then when the foretells never came true he just changed the service according to his whim. As long as he had money flow from all those following and hanging on his every word carte blanche, he was good to go. Could say no wrong, could do no wrong. Never imagined the depth of which he would take this debauchery though. What a fool he was to think he could get away with this. He did not believe any of the scriptures applied to him, as in his pride thought he was granted some kind of unconditional immunity. He never stopped to think that the cries of 'them' are entered into the Lord of Sabbaoth, the Lord of hosts, of which he is very much an uninvited guest. Enjoy what you have reaped, Tony Alamo, and all those that still stubbornly choose to follow his destructive path.
worm can opener

San Antonio, TX

#14 Sep 11, 2009
Modesto...surely that was a phenomenal sign from the LORD. That must have been meant as one huge red flag !(not to think human flesh is powerful at all)
worm can opener

San Antonio, TX

#15 Sep 11, 2009
the ones who are still there should look upon what remains of that once towering oak, and receive instruction !
floorsweeper

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#16 Sep 13, 2009
The oak looked so big and so strong. It must have been 150 years old or so. What could not be seen was that it was hollow from rot on the inside. A perfect image I would say!

I went to Tip's once with Tony & Sue, tony Wood, And one other brother I don't remember. It was quite a treat since I was not in the inner circles. I remember Sue left a quarter tip.(true story)

Seeing the postcard brings back a lot of nostalgia. I would be very disingenuous if I told you all those memories were bad. I lived there; slept on the floor, cleared the land, and received much from the Lord himself.

Tony is a fraud, but if it were not for his betrayal we all might be looking back with much more fondness.
Still Another Ex Member

Kapolei, HI

#17 Sep 13, 2009
floorsweeper wrote:
The oak looked so big and so strong. It must have been 150 years old or so. What could not be seen was that it was hollow from rot on the inside. A perfect image I would say!
I went to Tip's once with Tony & Sue, tony Wood, And one other brother I don't remember. It was quite a treat since I was not in the inner circles. I remember Sue left a quarter tip.(true story)
Seeing the postcard brings back a lot of nostalgia. I would be very disingenuous if I told you all those memories were bad. I lived there; slept on the floor, cleared the land, and received much from the Lord himself.
Tony is a fraud, but if it were not for his betrayal we all might be looking back with much more fondness.
I have fond memories, too, in the beginning. I remember going to Granny
Cook and Dee's place. Those happy tmes were such bright spots in my memory. Also going to the tv studio in Hollywood to sing the Gospel Songs. And going to Capital Records to sing for an album. All of us should be getting 'rights' to those songs. I wonder if t.a. sold those, to his outside the foundation fans. Also, I met a lot of very nice people while I was there and during these past years, have been re connecting with some...
Still Another Ex Member

Kapolei, HI

#18 Sep 13, 2009
I guess Mr. or Mrs. Peanut is on night watch...
arnold

United States

#19 Sep 14, 2009
Notice there is a way to stop peanut watch for the most part. Put the first three of your favorite icons on a post and the peanutters are locked out, just like they are from actually posting, ha! Not that those peanuts hurt so much, just that they show and tell 'a disgruntled member' or two.
floorsweeper

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#20 Sep 14, 2009
Still Another Ex Member wrote:
<quoted text> I have fond memories, too, in the beginning. I remember going to Granny
Cook and Dee's place. Those happy tmes were such bright spots in my memory. Also going to the tv studio in Hollywood to sing the Gospel Songs. And going to Capital Records to sing for an album. All of us should be getting 'rights' to those songs. I wonder if t.a. sold those, to his outside the foundation fans. Also, I met a lot of very nice people while I was there and during these past years, have been re connecting with some...
I remember signing some kind of waver before we were allowed to sing on the album. I doubt there would be any revenue anyway. I would like to get a copy of that first album with the choir, and Chris, and twelve string Tom.

I bought a copy of the Neil Young album off of e-bay a few years back.

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