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Images of America Santa Margarita

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by Cheri Roe and the Santa Margarita Historical Society.
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The Santa Margarita Valley, in San Luis Obispo County, was part of the original Spanish mission system. Swine and sheep were raised here, along with wheat. In 1819, a stone building, now known as an asistencia, was constructed. The Santa Margarita Ranch was later founded under a Mexican land grant.


In 1889, the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad, with its terminus in Santa Margarita, created a boomtown with dance halls, blacksmiths, hotels, pool halls, saloons, and a jail. With the popularity of auto travel a quarter of a century later, Santa Margarita was once again revitalized with garages, gas stations, motor inns, restaurants, and bars. The town fell into a deep sleep, however, as highway 101 bypassed the town in the mid-1950s. 


Landlocked by the 17,000-plus-acre Santa Margarita Ranch, the town has remained frozen in time with little change. Cheri Roe is a founder of the Santa Margarita Historical Society. She has been a researcher for the San Luis Obispo County History Center and a member of the North County Historical Societies and Museums Co-op. With the help of these organizations, she tells the fascinating story of Santa Margarita.


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Asistencia Santa Margarita de Cortona

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by Edward W. Vernon
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The stone building in San Luis Obispo County, known as the 'Asistencia Santa Margarita de Cortona' was referred to as a lost mission. 


Architectural historian, Ed Vernon pieces together the mystery of this fabulous building.


This 46 pages contained in this 8 1/2" X 11" softback book include 69 black and white photos, color photos, sketches, and drawings. Out of print. 


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