Today, Wes Idol III, the fourth generation of the family that first opened the Pacific Dining Car decades ago, when it looked like the photo beside him.
The Pacific Dining Car was born in a railway train car parked on a rented lot in downtown Los Angeles...

1921 It was a very good year for the busy city of Los Angeles, and all of Southern California. It started with a good omen. The California Bears soundly defeated Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, to the delight of the local newspapers, who scornfully declared that the Ohio team wasn't even in the same league as "Our Boys."

New oil fields were virtually an every-year discovery in the basin, but June 1921 brought in the kind of find every wildcatter dreams about: the gushing riches of Signal Hill.