There have been various theories about the origin of the windmill over the years, but according to the owners of Steele's Discount Scuba a couple of doors over, and also according to Gail Lombardi of Oakland's Cultural Heritage Survey:
(a) it was not part of Idora Park
(b) it was not part of a miniature golf course
(c) it was a lemonade or hamburger stand.
According to an SFGate article from 2000, it was constructed in 1932 and the business didn't last long. 2 A classified from 1932 lists "hamburger stand, low rent, cute" at 5979 Telegraph:
It was not on the 1911 Sanborn map, but appears on the 1950 one, so is definitely no older than 1911.
For a time in the 1960s, it was the home of Butch's Record Mill, a (very small) record store owned by Butch Bounds. 1
Links and References
- I is for Idora Park Oakland Daily Photo
- Still Tilting At Windmills Our Oakland
- That Little Windmill The Bold Italic