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Oceano History Books

Books are for sale at the depot
or by calling 805-489-5446.
Price is $20.00
100% of the proceeds go towards the restoration and
maintenance of the Oceano Depot.


Editorial Review
by David Ciaffardini.

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From the same author that gave us The Dunites, that charming history of Depression-era bohemians living along California's Central Coast, comes a town history from the same region in San Luis Obispo County. Oceano, Atlantic City of the West is a story of a kaleidoscope of dreams, ambitions and reality in a small coastal town that has remained surprisingly simple and unpretentious into the 21st Century.

But beginning in the late 1800s, venture capitalists, charmed by its beach and marvelous sand dunes, and excited that a railroad would be built through the town, had lavish visions, believing that Oceano's future would be built to rival the finest resorts and playgrounds of the east coast of the United States. That dream was sold, and sold again, but like the sands of the dunes, it never stuck.

Instead, Oceano ended up a combination farming and bedroom community with a uniqueness and charm perhaps too subtle to be easy fodder for slick promotional campaigns. But there's plenty of quirky history and lore to properly fill a book. You'll read about fires, floods, earthquakes, shipwrecks, railroads, clam digging, automobile racing, the birth of "dune buggies," the great Oceano Celery Festival queens, the Dunites, and plenty of just-plain-folks who made their mark on what could rightly be considered the most atypical beachside community in all of California. Illustrated in black and white and color with photos, illustrations and maps.

Norm Hammond

About the Author

Norm Hammond came to South San Luis Obispo County in 1960 and has now lived in the area more than forty years. He became enamored with the community of Oceano since first discovering it, and has been exploring it in depth ever since.

The South County Historical Society published a previous book written by Norm about a group of people living in the sand dunes just south of Oceano he titled, "The Dunites." It is his hope that this latest work on Oceano will become a companion volume for those who desire to know more about this area.

Norm is a retired firefighter for the City of San Luis Obispo as well as the Oceano Fire Department where he served for twenty-two years. He lives in Oceano with his wife, Cindy, within hearing distance of the great Pacific Ocean.

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Oceano Train Depot, Oceano California

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