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Oceano is a California beach town between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Originally part of the Rancho El Pismo Mexican land grant of 1840, Oceano first appeared as a place name on a map in 1893 and was promoted as a beach resort soon after the Southern Pacific Railroad arrived in 1895. While most of these promotions failed during the Great Depression, the railroad depot continued as a shipping point for the area's agriculture. During this time, Oceano became a point of entry for the "Dunites," a group of artists, writers, and poets who once lived in the sand dunes south of town. Today Oceano is still the primary access and gateway to its state park beach and large sand dune complex. Many people come to enjoy the experience of driving on the beach, camping there, and venturing into the dunes on foot or by vehicle.
ISBN: 9780738580876
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 212
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Linda Austin is among the fourth generation of her family to live in Oceano, is president of the Oceano Depot Association, and is the curator of the depot museum, which provided most of the photographs in this book. Coauthor Norm Hammond is a retired firefighter and published author who has written several books about the area.
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