Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Off Key

The Off Key (1994)
The Off Key

Location: West Sacramento, California, USA

Opened/Closed: early 1970s

I don't know a lot about The Off Key, other than what's mentioned in a short piece on the history of gay Sacramento.

According to Cherie Gordon, “Sacramento’s lesbian bar history is rooted in West Sacramento since the Sacramento Police Department prevented any women’s bars being established on civilized ground”. That's why lesbian bars from the 1960s and 1970s like The Off Key and Jacquette's were always located in West Sacramento and not within Sacramento intself.

Regarding the photograph above (which was apparently taken as part of a 1994 Off Key reunion), we're told the following:

Although the lone blue light is no longer there, the building remains today facing the railroad tracks in West Sacramento.

A fitting description for a lost womyn's space with a very poetical name....

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