The Hancock Gas Station in San Pedro near the Vincent Thomas Bridge... Hello, Before the Vincent Thomas Suspension Bridge was built over the main channel in the San Pedro Waterfront, the only way to get there from Terminal Island was to take the inland route via Anaheim Street or PCH. The main streets leading into San Pedro City were Gaffey St. and then the North Pacific Avenue that got you closer to the waterfront. Most people took the North Pacific Avenue and drove right by this great looking Hancock Oil Gas Station built along the hillside baseline. It was a great place to get gasoline and car service. In the numerous times we drove in my dad’s Buicks to San Pedro to see relatives and friends, we did stop at this gas station many times. Especially, if we were going to continue the road trip around the peninsula to the Marineland Aquarium and Palos Verdes cliff drives. Our friends and relatives lived all over the San Pedro City area, as well as on the steep hillsides bordering on the Rolling Hills area. Since my dad loved to drive, sometimes, he would take us specifically to this guy on the Paseo Del Mar cliff drive, who was the only person around selling "salt water taffy." The guy parked his sedan with the trunk up, on the side of the cliff, near the Wayfarer's Chapel and droves of people would stop and purchase this new tasty treat. Jnaki When the Vincent Thomas Bridge opened up in 1963, it was the main route to get into the downtown/harbor area of San Pedro. So, this little street nearby was usually for locals only until the gas station closed in 1966. On our historic road trips, taking PCH from our old house on the Westside of Long Beach to Gaffey St and then North Pacific Avenue brought back a lot of old memories of our younger days. The roads are a little rough and the local traffic still drives on these roads leading into the downtown area. On North Harbor Drive, the old San Pedro Waterfront is now torn down, making way for a revitalized, larger San Pedro Public Market development all along the main channel. 1963 Good or bad, those quiet dinners on the water at the Ports of Call Restaurant and Village were some great times back then. It was one of my wife’s favorite places to go for a nice road trip and destination. 1965 Sorry to say, but the current, Wilmington-San Pedro-LA waterfront project is rather large. It will take years to be finished for the general public. But, those old historic places we used to frequent as hot rod destinations are now gone with the wind. They will be replaced with the latest in construction and port facilities for the next generation of memories, good or bad. For now, it is a fleeting memory, but a good one.