Dawley’s was famous for their burgers, tuna sandwiches, and fresh baked pies. Although the business closed in the late 1990s, the structure still remained.
Charles Geyer purchased the land and despite his fond memories of the joint, intends for the land to be utilized once more, instead of remaining vacant.
Geyer said he intends to create a paved parking lot across the street from Alsco-Geyer Irrigation.
“I really needed parking,” said Geyer. “The next door neighbors have been real good but my people keep parking on their place and it makes me feel bad that they got their pumps tied up.”
Geyer fondly remembers the business that closed over 20 years ago.
“It’s too bad Dawley’s is gone; it’s a part of Arbuckle, a lot of old memories,” he said. “It was kind of a quaint, hole-in-the-wall restaurant. It used to be that everybody had lunch there.”
Residents gathered across Fifth Street to witness the official ending of an era, recalling fond memories as they witnessed the demolition of the building where those memories had been forged.
Kate Dawley remembered that after the station officially closed, many farmers would still come there for their coffee.
“They didn’t know what to do,” she said. “They would gather across the street in their cars and bring thermoses of coffee every morning. Even though Dawley’s was closed, they left the door open and had a coffee pot there. They would go in and drink coffee and leave a couple bucks so they could keep the coffee going. It was at least months after it closed before they found a new place to go because they had been doing it for so many years.”
Hank Abele remembered a time when he came into Dawley’s Station in the eighth grade with some friends when coach Gregg LeMaster approached him saying, “Hey Hoss, how much are you weighing now,” as he was considering future football players. “(LeMaster) would always come in and embarrass me,” Abele said. “I worked behind the counter and he’d always sing to me, “Hello Dolly.” The whole counter would be full and he’d embarrass me to death.”
Debbie Jimenez, former owner of Dawley’s Station, said they spent almost 20 years trying to get the remediation of the gas done to keep the business open.
After Dawley’s Station closed, Arbuckle Parks and Recreation used the building for a time until the room and structure were deemed unsafe.
“When they closed it, that was a sad time,” Abele said. “We knew this day was coming.”