Archive for November, 2010

Highway One Modern History

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

For many years after its opening in 1937 highway one between Cambria and Carmel was mainly a seasonal road because it was frequently closed for extended periods of time during the rainy winter months. During World War II traffic along the road was reduced to a trickle due to rationing of both gasoline and rubber and the frequent “blackouts” required as a precaution against enemy aerial attacks. (more…)

Bucket of Blood

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

The property at the northwest corner of Bridge and Center Streets has a long and colorful history. The existing structure is the second building to be built on the site. (more…)

Blue House

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

The building located at 2261 Center Street between the Cambria Historical Museum and the “Bucket of Blood Saloon” building is known by locals as “The Blue House”. In the past it has also been called ”The Mushroom House” or “The Maggetti House”. This house has a rather interesting history. (more…)

The Bianchini Family

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

On April 22, 1916, Sarah E. Guthrie sold her house, now the home of the Cambria Historical Museum, to Eugenio Bianchini for the token amount of $10. The deal was witnessed and notarized by W. M. Lyons, father of Wilfred Lyons. (more…)

Thomas Evans

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Tom Evans was the son of William J. Evans  and was born in Aberystwyth in Cardiganshire, Wales (United Kingdom) in 1832. He had come to America with his family ten years later and lived in Waukesha, Wisconsin. (more…)

Art Beal- Nitt Witt Ridge

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Arthur Harold Beal, also known as Captain Nitt Witt or Der Tinkerpaw, built what is perhaps the oddest structure in Cambria which has no shortage of odd structures. In 1928, Art was working as a garbage collector in Cambria and he began collecting what others would call junk – pieces of driftwood, discarded car parts, wood pieces, pots, beer cans, abalone shells, hub caps, toilet seats and other treasures. His property, now located at 881 Hillcrest Drive, was, at that time, located in a remote section of forest. So, using pick and shovel and (it is rumored) occasionally dynamite, he began to level portions of the site and to build a series of one-room shacks from the materials he collected.  Eventually, his “castle” on Nitt Witt Ridge included many rooms and covered 250 vertical feet of cliffs. (more…)