Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category


Friday, September 16th, 2016

by Jesse Arnold, Ginny Monteen and Jerry Praver

Cambria is a spot whose perfection is marred only by the mispronunciation of its name. Most locals believe it sounds a bit bizarre to say CAME-bria, as in came and went. (more…)

Cambria Schools by Dawn Dunlap

Friday, December 4th, 2015

The northerly bluff above Main Street in the East Village was an integral part of early Cambria. Between 1870 and 1906, a cemetery, a water cistern and delivery system, and two schools were established successively on the bluff and in the forest, on land owned by Cambria businessman J.D. Campbell and his son, James. (more…)

The Great Drought

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

As this article is being written, the Cambria area is in the fourth year of a devastating drought. The state of California has classified the drought in this area as “exceptional”, the most severe of its five categories. Cambrians have reduced their water consumption by nearly half and a dirty vehicle has become a badge of honor. (more…)

The Portola Expedition

Friday, March 15th, 2013

by Tayor Coffman

This article is copyright 2011, all rights reserved; renewed 2013

The year 1969 marked the two hundredth anniversary of a historic trek through the Cambria-San Simeon area, a journey often called (by English speakers) The Sacred Expedition. It was in 1769 that a Spaniard named Gaspar de Portola and a large group of men and livestock made their way up the rugged Baja California peninsula, northward from Loreto. The Franciscans in the group established a single mission along the way in a remote place called Velicata; it was the only trace left by that religious order in all of Baja. But the real aim of the Sacred Expedition was to find the harbor of Monterey, still hundreds of miles north, named and described by Sebastian Vizcaino on his voyage of more than 150 years earlier, in 1602-1603. In fact, the Portola group was speaking of the “Monterey Expedition,” a term rarely seen in later annals. (more…)


Friday, October 22nd, 2010

By any measure, the most important mineral in the history of the Cambria area is mercury, also called quicksilver because of its silvery color and the fact that it occurs in a liquid state at room temperature. (more…)


Monday, May 31st, 2010

Although significant gold was found in the La Panza district in the eastern part of San Luis Obispo County and much gold prospecting occurred in the Cambria area, the only successful operations were in the Los Burros Mining District in the southwest corner of Monterey County. There are tales of gold mining activity in the Los Burros District as early as 1853, only five years after Marshall’s historic discovery at Sutter’s Mill, and a Monterey newspaper carried a clearly exaggerated story of $100,000 worth of gold being taken from the area in 1869.  As a result of this activity, the Los Burros Mining District was formed on February 5, 1875 and included a small portion of the northwest corner of San Luis Obispo County. It was bordered roughly by San Carpoforo Creek on the south, Prewitt Creek on the north (about 13 miles north of the county line), the Naciemento River on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west. (more…)

Local Post Offices

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Cambria’s first post office was established in 1867 in the Grant and Lull store located at the southeast corner of Main and Bridge Streets and the first postmaster was Winfield Scott Whitaker, part owner of the Guthrie-Bianchini House from 1871 until 1873. On the application, dated May 29, 1867, the proposed name of the post office was “San Simeon” but this was crossed out and changed to “Cambria”. According to this application, the post office would serve 500 people living with two miles of it. (more…)