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When looking at historical photographs of Guadalupe residents, one sees the faces that represent the area's unique and diverse past. Originally inhabited by the indigenous Chumash and mapped by Spanish explorers, Guadalupe was first named in the 1840s Mexican land grant honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe, the title given to the Virgin Mary. Through the years, waves of immigrants made their way to Guadalupe to take advantage of the fertile soil and unique geographic features, the most prominent of which are the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes, which contain some of the tallest sand dunes on Earth and have been visited by locals and tourists for the last century and a half. It was in the 1920s that Hollywood discovered them and began introducing distant audiences to the region through the cinematic tradition that continues today.
ISBN: 9781467131131
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 179
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Doug Jenzen has a bachelor of arts degree from California State University Channel Islands and a master of arts degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and he wrote Images of America: Nipomo and Los Berros. He has worked with the Rancho de Guadalupe Historical Society, the History Center of San Luis Obispo County, CalTrans, and many generous individuals throughout the community to create a picturesque stroll through the history of Guadalupe and the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes. The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center is a natural history museum dedicated to interpreting California's scenic Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Complex through education, restoration, and collaboration. The Dunes Center serves thousands of elementary school children, residents, and tourists with nature education programming every year.
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