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History of Gavin’s Cabin

Chester Alan Arthur III (“Gavin”) was the grandson of the 21st President of the United States, Chester Alan Arthur. Gavin was also the founder of Moy Mell, a Utopian colony in the sand dunes of Oceano.

Times Press Recorder, Jan 19, 2012

New layouts will operate at Model Railroad Days

A replica of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad's original train yard and a high school freshman's detailed modules are among the operating layouts to be displayed during the fifth annual Model Railroad Days at the Oceano Depot.
San Luis Obispo Model Railroad Association and the Oceano Depot Association will co-host the free event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28 and 29, 2012. more..

Times Press Recorder, May 26, 2011

Waiting for WWII soldier's return

When George Bernard Murray was deployed overseas during World War II, his family expected the young Oceano man to return home.
More than 65 years later, Murray's family is still waiting for that homecoming. more...

Times Press Recorder, Oct 7, 2010

Our thumbs up, thumbs down review on recent events and issues

The Oceano Depot Association has earned a well-deserved thumbs-up this week for not giving up its seven-year quest to save the last remaining Dunite cabin from ruin.
The efforts of association members Linda Austin, Norm Hammond and Mark Weedon to bring the remaining Dunite cabin to the Oceano Depot finally paid off last month when the building was moved to the depot property on Front Street. more...

Times Press Recorder, Sep 30, 2010

Book offers Oceano pictorial history

Unless you're a South County old-timer, you might not know that Oceano used to have a Celery Festival. Or that speedboats raced and people water skied on Oceano Lagoon.
Or that as late as 1961, country bands played in the last of the four Pavilions built in the dunes overlooking the beach. more..

Times Press Recorder, Sep 30, 2010

Last Dunite cabin moved to Oceano Depot
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Seven years after the last remaining Dunite cabin was donated to the Oceano Depot Association, the dwelling finally has a permanent home.
Last month, the cabin that was built in the early 1930s by Gavin Arthur; the grandson of President Chester Alan Arthur, was moved to the depot property on Front Street. more..

Times Press Recorder, Oct 23, 2008

All aboard! Dedication on track for wooden caboose

The doors to a century-old wooden caboose that made its final stop several years ago on the Oceano & Northern Railroad tracks at the Oceano Depot are open again.
On Sunday, the Oceano Depot Association will dedicate the historic caboose to the man who gave the boxcar to the depot in April 2004; the late John Brewster Loomis. The dedication ceremony starts at 11 a.m. at the Oceano Depot, 1650 Front St. more..

Times Press Recorder, Aug 21, 2008

Carving out its place in history at Oceano Depot

A three-masted galleon carved out of wood in the late 1920s or early 1930s by Dunite Arther Allman recently made its final docking at the Oceano Depot.

Allman, who carved the ship complete with sails and rigging, traded it for supplies at the T.J. Stadley & Son grocery store that operated on Ocean Street from 1927 to 1933. more...

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San Luis Obispo Magazine featured an article about the Oceano Depot by Bob Behme in their September 2004 edition.
PRESERVATION, the Magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation featured an article about the Oceano Depot by Bob Behme in their March/April 2005 edition
Where were you in 1973?
Santa Maria, California Times, July 6, 1973

End of an Era
The Souther Pacific Transportation Co. intends to close its Oceano Depot...

Santa Maria, California Times, March 1, 1974

Ocean Depot Preservation Wins support of Civic body
A scheme to acquire and preserve the abandoned Southern Pacific Railroad depot at..

Times, County Line News,
March 29, 1975

Improvement Association to Acquire Oceano Depot
The old Southern Pacific Railroad depot at Oceano will not be demolished but purchased for $1...

July 20, 1977 Five Cities

Old Safe Donated For Oceano Depot
An old safe originally built for the Southern Pacific railroad station in Lompoc has been donated..

Five Cities Times-Press-Recorder
March 3, 1978

Oceano Rail Depot Repairs on Track
Plans to relocate and renovate the old Southern Pacific Railroad Depot in Oceano into a community meeting hall, area museum and....

October 18, 1978

Almost Home
The old Oceano train depot  made it home yesterday to a new location less than a quarter mile north

Five Cities - Santa Maria Calif
May 15, 1982

Train 'sound' almost audible at old depot
Trains rolled into the station here, once upon a time.

San Luis Obispo County Telegram-Tribune:
August 1, 1984

Next Stop, Oceano
Oceano's 80-year-old railroad depot is getting a face lift courtesy of the Oceano Improvement Association.

Five Cities TIme
January 6, 1991

Oceano's depot nears destination for restoration
Harold Guiton said the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter.

South County Tribune
February 21, 1991

Oceano depot is still his playground
Romance of the rails stimulates restoration efforts by Guiton, others

San Luis Obispo County Telegram-Tribune
July 10, 1998

Preservation efforts pay off for Oceano landmark
A building that has been at the center of Oceano...

Five Cities Time Press Recorder
August 4, 2000

Depot restoration continues on the fast track

March 1, 2001

Historic train depot's No.1. fan dies.
He worked tirelessly and painstakingly on..

Heart and soul of depot dies.
Harold Guiton, part of a third generation
Oceano guiding star Guiton
dead at 71
Harold Guiton, part of a third generation
The San Luis Obispo Model Railroad Club
April 2001

Depot Flowers
By Norm Hammond

Five Cities Time Press Recorder
September 7, 2001

An engine for Harold

San Luis Obispo Tribune
September 14, 2001

Memorial to war dead settle into new home.
Thelma Anderson still remembers the December day..

San Luis Obispo Tribune
September 16, 2001

Photos from another time.

September 7, 2001

Oceano hopes to solve photos mystery at memorial dedication
When World War II broke out, Oceano was a small town...

San Luis Obispo County Telegram-Tribune:
July 30, 2002

Making this Historic Spot Spiffy

San Luis Obispo Tribune
September 9, 2002

A good name for Oceano's depot
It will be dedicated to Harold Guiton

September 13, 2002

Oceano Depot open house, dedication this week.

The Tribune
September 14, 2002

Bouquets and brickbats.
Talk about a one-track mind. Harold Guiton gave 30 years of his life -"24/7" as historian Dan Krieger noted...

San Luis Obispo Tribune
September 16, 2002

A new beginning for antique depot
A crowd gathers this weekend at the dedication of the Oceano train depot.

Time Press Recorder
September 18, 2002

Oceano Depot dedicated to Harold Guiton
Oceano- The Restoration of the Oceano Train Depot can be seen as a lasting tribute to what a small community can do when it stands united for a purpose.

April 14, 2004

Moving History - John Loomis donates caboose
Century-old caboose relocated to Oceano Depot from Tar Springs

Time Press Recorder
August 4, 2004

Historical landmark celebrates 100 years of service.
Harold Guiton's longtime love affair with his hometown's train station started...

Santa Maria Times
August 5, 2004

Next stop: Oceano Depot, once near end of the line, celebrates 100 years this weekend.
Harold Guiton's longtime love affair with his hometown's train station started...


The Tribune
August 9, 2004

A look into Oceano's history
Oceano's Railroad Depot, a once popular train stop that's matured into a clearinghouse of times past...

Times Press Recorder
August 27, 2004

Local writer prepares detailed history of community

Times Press Recorder
October 22, 2004

Fulfilling a dream
Book envision by historian published by friend

See more about the book

Senior Living Magazine
January 2005

History Lives
Oceano's Premier Historian

Lee Central Coast News
October 14, 2005

Memorial garden will honor Oceano's favorite physician.
When Linda Austin found a letter penned by her late father, Harold Guiton, about plans for a memorial garden...

Time Press Recorder
October 19, 2005

Honoring the Doctor
The Oceano Depot Association held a dedication ceremony Sunday for the newly planted rose-filled Dr. Rudolf W. Gerber Memorial Park.

Community News
March 8-14, 2006

Oceano School Reunion planned

Times Press Recorder
February 8, 2006

First reunion planned for Oceano Grammar School
Students from all classes invited to attend.


Community News
July 9-26, 2006

Oceano School Reunion - more than 275 former students and their family gathered for an Oceano Elementary School Reunion

see Photos from that Day


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