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Historical Morro Bay
Spooner History - by Joyce Cory
Pictures, postcards, memorabilia, historical
information, and stories from earlier days in Morro Bay
Point Piedras Blancas, an Images of America book by Arcadia Publishing, co-authored by Carole Adams and John Boqacki.
Early Post Cards and
Museum (has many exhibits related to the history of Morro Bay)
The best book on the history of Morro Bay
(back in print 2001) is
Morro Bay's Yesterdays by Dorothy L, Gates and Jane H. Bailey
(Used copies can still be found. The Morro Bay Library has
For sale at local book stores (Try the Coalesce Book Store, 845 Main Street, Morro Bay, California, 805-772-2880)
and the Natural History Museum.
Issued in 2006, "Morro Bay (Images of America)" by Roger
Castle and Gary Ream of The Historical Society of Morro Bay, is a very welcome
addition to the limited printed information available about the history Morro
Bay, CA, a California central coast treasure. This is a must-have volume for
local residents and others interested in Morro Bay history, along with the
earlier classic 1982 "Morro Bay's yesterdays: Vignettes of our city's lives &
times" by Dorothy Gates and Jane Bailey. Both books provide extensive
historical photos not available elsewhere.
"Morro Rock, the ancient landmark towering 576 feet above the entrance to Morro Bay, was named by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo during his voyage of discovery up the California coast in
1542. The last in a chain of long-extinct volcanoes, Morro Rock soon became a landfall for Spanish galleons sailing the coastal waters. The captain of one of those vessels, Pedro de
Unamuno, put into Morro Bay [see contest below] in 1587, claiming the land for Spain. Don Gaspar de
Portola and his party camped near the rock during their march to Monterey, and a page from his journal of
1769 notes the rock was an island at high tide, "a little less than a gunshot" from shore."
Lynne Landwehr's HistoryinSLOCounty.org
what it says it is. One of the best local historical sites!!!
has a nice
Tognazzini's home page (respected Morro Bay old-timer and author of
"One Hundred Years Ago" columns)
Examples of Archaeological and Prehistoric Sites in California;
8,000 Years of Change at Morro Bay: An Archaeological Perspective
- Random research into the possible derivation of the
word "Morro," or "Moro," as Morro Bay was know in the
This is a great resource.
Heritage Shared's activities include educational programming, sponsoring
public events, historical research and interpretation, preserving and
exhibiting historical materials, and fostering cooperation among Central
Coast historical organizations. This site lists many useful
Native Sons of the Golden
West Parlors has a new NSGW Historical Preservation Foundation
(2006, have a major new "Morsels" Contributor!)
The Bloody Fifties: Law and Order in Early San Luis Obispo County
History of the Caccia Home, 560 (5th St.) Morro Bay Blvd.
Here are two photos
sent in - he photographed these from the wall of
Kitty's Kitchen in Morro Bay
These show a drawing of John Greening's Carp Lake
(also known as Greening Lake and Green Lake) north of Morro Rock (from the
area known today as The Cloisters subdivision) in the 1800's, and an aerial
view of Morro Rock where a rail trestle to the rock connects the rock to the