Archive for July, 2014

Cambria Pines Lodge/Harry Jones

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Don Julian Estrada received the grant to the Rancho Santa Rosa on January 18, 1841. In the 1850s he got into financial difficulty due to the declining prices for beef, hides and tallow, bad weather, surveying costs, and increasing property taxes. Using the rancho as security, he borrowed $7,900 from Domingo Pujol, a merchant from San Francisco, but he was unable to repay the debt. On May 17, 1862, Pujol and Estrada struck a deal in which Pujol gave Estrada an additional $12,000 and took possession of the rancho. (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…)