Friday, December 3, 2010

Gallatin's Restaurant, 1948

Gallatin's Restaurant in Big Sur at the south end of the Bixby Creek Bridge in August of 1948. Sometimes called Rainbow Lodge or the Alligator’s tail due to the trail leading to the ocean, was the scene of a multiple murder where five laborers lost their life from a co-worker who shot them in their bedroom. (Monterey County Herald archives)


  1. I found a Gallatin's glass in a thrift shop in L.A. Is this a rare item? I don't know when Gallatin's stopped being Gallatin's.

  2. I wonder if it was Gallatin's after my grandmother owned and ran it, probably so. I know she ran it during or just before WWII, as her son and daughter (my mother Rosalind Sharpe Wall) helped her out there. Her son died in WWII, age 19.

    1. Micaela, It's your mom's old friend Mitch! I was poking around the web to see what I could dig up on her - et voila!

      I hope that you are well, & that this message gets to you. CHEERS!

  3. The restaurant was at the NORTH end of Bixby Bridge and toppled down the cliff sometime in the early 50s. I remember it as a child growing up in Carmel. We would drive down to Nepenthe on a Sunday and the Crocodile's Tail was a good spot to stop to rest.

  4. Hi, Can anyone tell me the name of the murderer in this case at Gallatin's (Crocodile's Tail Restaurant