The Cambria History Exchange is a forum designed to collect as much of the history of Cambria and the surrounding area as possible. Bev and Jerry Praver are hosting this forum and, from time to time, we will post new articles. But, the history of Cambria resides in the minds of many people as well as in many primary and secondary sources so it is hoped that others will contribute freely to this forum.

We welcome your postings about any of the articles or about the site as a whole. We know that many of you are capable of writing new articles and we implore you to send them to us here. Articles should be pertinent to the Cambria area and should be around 500 to 1,000 words. If your article is much longer than this, see if you can break it up into two or more articles. We are arbitrarily defining the Cambria area as everything in San Luis Obispo County north of Highway 41 and west of Highway 101 but this is flexible.

Someone (we can’t remember who) said that, unless it is written down at the time it happened, all history is folklore. This means that many of the “facts” about Cambria history are in dispute and people disagree about what happened. Heck, we can’t even agree about how to pronounce the name of the place! There is nothing wrong with alternate views about history and your viewpoint is welcome on this forum. However, we must insist that everyone be civil when they post and, if possible, include the source of your information. Offensive posts will be deleted and your access to the site may be terminated.

This forum is designed to share information so, in general, nothing on it is copyrighted. However, some contributors may wish to copyright their material so, if the copyright notice appears on an article, please ask the author’s permission to use the content. Otherwise,  feel free to contribute or to use anything on this site for whatever purpose you desire. If we all cooperate we can all become more knowledgeable about the history of Cambria.

Bev and Jerry

10 Responses to “About”

  1. Thanks for the information..

  2. rani says:

    what is the article about?

  3. TYRA says:

    whatever purpose you desire. If we all cooperate we can all become more knowledgeable about the history of Cambria.

  4. Tom Brown says:

    Hello Bev and Jerry,

    I’m doing research on Rancho Piedra Blanca and hope to be in contact with the article (of the same name) that appears on your website.

    Thank you,


  5. B&J says:

    Les & Martha

    Thanks for your kind words. We have lived on Downing just off of Berwick for 29 years. Love it.


  6. Les and Martha Madison says:

    We really like the work/ site/publications. Special Thank You to all who contribute.
    We lived on Berwick Drive, 1977-1983.
    Great time and met many wonderful people to this day…
    Madison Mobile Tune-Up and TRW-SLO made it possible.

  7. B&J says:

    The only plugin we are using is Akismet which is a spam filter. We don’t know why the site loads quicker than yours but it certainly is not because we know what we’re doing with WordPress!

  8. howdy outstanding little web site ya got right here 🙂 I apply the exact web theme on my website however for what ever reason why it looks to load a lot quicker on yours despite the fact that your own provides a whole lot more material. Are you implementing any plugins or widgets which speed it up? Do you think you could possibly reveal the names so that I could use them in my own site so twilight new moon users could watch twilight new moon online trailers and clips easier I’d personally always be thankful – cheers in advance 🙂

  9. B&J says:


    What a coincidence! We were just about to send you an email telling you about this site. As usual, you were one step ahead of us.

    B & J

  10. Kathe Tanner says:

    Hi, Bev and Jerry:

    What a nice surprise to find your site.

    By the way, if you check the updated report from the 1997 Cambria Historical Society “Stroll Down Memory Lane” walk-about, you’ll see this statement in my introduction:

    “Our docents and researchers made every effort to present information that is accurate and interesting, information that has been checked, cross-checked and up-dated since the walk-by tour. However, history, by its very nature, is anecdotal — as told to the docent or as read by the docent in documents that we can only presume were originally verified carefully.”

    In my introduction to the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Station Tour packet, I reminded our tourtakers that:

    “History is a moving target: What you hear or read about a given place, people or time depends on whom you ask and what you read. That’s as true of historical researchers as it is of tour takers.
    “Each of these reports was prepared by an individual or set of Cambria Historical Society research docent(s). In preparation for the reports, they have asked questions of descendents, ‘living history’ residents of the area and other researchers. They have poured over books, newspapers, reports, governmental documents, transcriptions of oral histories, diaries, letters and other documents. They have talked to people who know about the structure, either from personal experience, anecdotal information or family history.”
    I described some of the sources, then noted that “the difficulty lies in sifting through tales that are nearly alike, but not quite,” and that the reports attempted to combine similar statements and list some areas of conflict.

    I hope that helps.

    Kathe T.

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