June 2019 Read the amazing beginnings of Garbage Collection in California as witnessed by the amazing story of San Miguel Garbage family.

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July 31, 2019 Post:A Brief History of one of San Miguel's Historic Treasures

A brief history of one of San Miguel’s historic treasures:
Historic Rios-Caledonia Adobe
     We begin with the period of  pre-California history called secularization, when Spanish control of the San Miguel Mission and its land was confiscated byMexico.  The Mission lands weresold, given away or abandonedby the Mexican government.   Petronillo Rios was a sergeant in the Mexican military and he was assigned with the building of a home for the family that would oversee the Mission lands. In 1835, with the help of Salinan Indian workers, they constructed a two story adobe building to house the overseer’s family.       Following the Mexican American War (1846-48),the government of the United States took possession of California.  That meant the Adobe, and other former mission land ( except the missions themselves) was sold as private land.        Over the years, the Adobe was sold and resold many times and had many uses as well as owners tried to make a living.   The road on the east sideof …

May 2019 California Grizzly Bear

This month we share one of Tom Taylors Flash Histories.  This one is about California's Grizzly Bear.   Tom's writings are always interesting and give you a snapshot background on history in the Central Coast.   Enjoy! 

April 2019 - "Old Adobe" Museum

This month I give you a little background on a concerned citizen back in the 1920's who saw an old abandoned Adobe building that he felt needed to be preserved because of its historic value.  So, he made it his mission to restore it and open it as a museum which he called the "Old Adobe".  That would be  the present day Friends of the Adobes which has continued to serve the community maintaining the Rios-Caledonia (for over 50 years now). 
They are continually seeking new members, supporters, and especially volunteers to help with their work. If that's something you'd like to get involved in, please contact Laverne @ 805-467-3467 or

March 2019 - The Great Flood of 1862

This month we share Tom Taylor's "Flash History" about the flood of 1869 followed by news clippings regarding the flood of 1969 and washing out the Salinas River bridge again.