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Nipomo

History
The original settlers of Nipomo were the Chumash Indians, who have lived in the area for over 9,000 years. Rancho Nipomo (the Indian word ne-po-mah meant “foot of the hill”) was one of the first and largest of the Mexican land grants in San Luis Obispo County.

The founder of present day Nipomo, William G. Dana […]

Creston

Creston (named after Calvin J. Cressy) was founded in 1884 on the Rancho Huerhuero Mexican land grant.

Cardiff Stud Farm (Creston Farms) is a place owned by Canadian-American television personality Alex Trebek, and where a number of retired American thoroughbred racehorses are taken care of, including:

Flying Paster (1976-1992)
Golden Act (1976-2000)
Skywalker (1982-2003)
Itsallgreektome (1987-2007)
Writer and Scientology founder L. […]

Oceano

Oceano is part of the 5 Cities Metropolitan Area. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), of which, 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) of it is land and 0.02 square miles (0.052 km2) of it (0.98%) is water.

Oceano’s beach is the Oceano Dunes […]

San Miguel

CULTURE
San Miguel is home to the Mission San Miguel Arcángel, founded on 25 July 1797. Mission San Miguel Arcángel was founded on July 25, 1797 by the Franciscan order, on a site chosen specifically due to the large number of Salinan Indians that inhabited the area, whom the Spanish priests wanted to evangelize. It is […]

Santa Margarita

Santa Margarita Valley, with its year round running streams and abundant acorns, was a meeting place for northern Chumash and southern Salinan around 6500 CE. The de Anza Expedition traversed the Cuesta Grade into the valley in 1776. After Fr. Junipero Serra founded the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, he realized that an assistancia […]

Grover Beach

Grover Beach was originally known as Town of Grover, which was founded on August 1, 1887. The town was named for its founder, D.W. Grover.

Grover filed his plans at the San Luis Obispo County Court House and eventually founded what was to be known as City of Grover City. There was a popular vote that […]

San Simeon

HISTORY
Prehistorically the local area was inhabited by the Chumash people, who settled the coastal San Luis Obispo area approximately 10,000 to 11,000 BC, including a large village south of San Simeon at Morro Creek.

The first European land exploration of Alta California, the Spanish Portolà expedition, traveled northwest along the coast in September, 1769. On September […]

Avila Beach

HISTORY
The name Avila commemorates Miguel Ávila, who was granted Rancho San Miguelito in 1842. The town was established in the latter half of the 19th century, when it served as the main shipping port for San Luis Obispo. Around this time, Luigi Marre built a honeymoon hotel here and steamboats brought customers from San Francisco […]

Atascadero

Atascadero is a city in San Luis Obispo County, California, about equidistant from San Francisco and Los Angeles on U.S. Route 101. Atascadero benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the San Luis Obispo – Atascadero – Paso Robles metropolitan area. Atascadero is geographically the largest city in […]

Los Osos

Los Osos is an Unincorporated community located along the Pacific coast of San Luis Obispo County, California. The population was 14,276 at the 2010 census.

Los Osos is largely a bedroom community for San Luis Obispo, which is 10.6 miles east, and to a lesser extent, Morro Bay, which is 2.3 miles to the north. There […]

Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a beach city in southern San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. The population was 7,655 at the 2010 census, down from 8,551 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Five Cities Area, a cluster of cities in that area of San Luis Obispo […]

Arroyo Grande

History
The earliest inhabitants of the Arroyo Grande valley were Chumash Indians, who conducted extensive trade with other Native American tribes at considerable distance.

The first Europeans to see the area were the crew of Portuguese explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, working in the service of Spain. The Spanish Portolà expedition of 1769 was the first European visit […]

Cambria

Cambria is a seaside village located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). The name Cambria was chosen in 1869. Previously, the town had gone by the names of Slabtown, Rosaville, San Simeon and Santa Rosa. Cambria is the Latin name for Wales.

It is a census-designated place (CDP) […]

Templeton

History
Templeton is located within the former Rancho Paso de Robles Mexican land grant and was founded in 1886 when Chauney Hatch Phillips of the West Coast Land Company sent R.R. Harris to survey 160 acres (0.65 km2) set aside for a town to exist south of Paso Robles as part of the companies larger purchase […]

Morro Bay

Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 10,234, down from 10,350 at the 2000 census.

History
The prehistory of Morro Bay relates to Chumash settlement, particularly near the mouth of Morro Creek. At least as early as the Millingstone Horizon thousands […]