Historic Pescadero CA Pictures

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Originally a favorite hunting and fishing spot for Ohlone Indians, Pescadero CA was "founded" in 1856 when the first stores were opened. At the left is the original town school building.

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"Don't squat with your spurs on" -- Will Rogers

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Early Pescadero was a rough and tumble place, with many settlers drawn west for the gold rush settling in the coastal area that reminded them of New England.

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The early settlers were farmers and ranchers and later were joined by fishermen and lumberjacks, supplying lumber to rebuild San Francisco after the Great Earthquake of 1904.

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Later, Pescadero became a vacation destination for peolple from San Francisco, being a one day stagecoach ride from the city.

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A local entrepeneur James Coburn, attempted to cash in on the areas popularity with a large hotel and stable on Pebble Beach.

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Pescadero has a long history of parades....

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This early IDES parade is part of a tradition

the Chamarita Festival each spring.

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that continues to this day with 

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To this day farming is the mainstay of the towns lifestyle, with many new organic farms being started. Pescadero, CA now has a farmers market on Thursdays in season.

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At one time Pescadero boasted of having five hotels and six bars for the visitors from San Francisco.  It was once the third largest city in San Mateo County.

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While much of the original downtown Pescadero was destroyed in a large fire, many original buildings still remain, having been renovated and continue in use for the local population.

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"Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip"-Will Rogers