New Attraction at the Pioneer Museum - “It All Starts on the Family Farm”

By Guest Blogger Chuck Desmond

Steeped in the history of our home town is the recognition that first and foremost, El Paso de Robles is, and from its very inception, an Agricultural mecca.

We've had it all. Sheep—yes, sheep were here by the gazillions. Cattle came of course and that necessitated horses and hard working equipment. Oak trees came down and the wood went to San Jose to fuel its factories. The newly exposed land was perfect for barley, oats, alfalfa, wheat and other grains and grasses. They were huge products in our development. Then came Almonds and by the early 1900's Paso was indeed the Almond Capitol of the world with a vast majority of them heading to Hershey, PA to sit on top of candy bars. Walnuts followed Almonds.  A few brave souls planted grapes and the beginning of a new era was upon us.  

In 1971 local farmers and ranchers decided to save some of their old equipment – probably more for nostalgia than anything else but thank goodness they did. With a donation from the Rotary of 3 acres of land at Gregory and Riverside Ave, the concept of Pioneer Museum was hatched and deeded to the City. The museum is indeed unique to Paso Robles and adds exhibits to celebrate our (and California's) unique history as space and funding allow, the most recent addition to the Pioneer Museum, focusing on our agricultural roots, is about to be unveiled.

You are cordially invited to the Pioneer Museum to celebrate the new permanent Agricultural Exhibit called “It all Starts on the Family Farm” and to welcome the traveling exhibit from the San Luis Obispo History Center “The Jack Ranch” as our front exhibit.

Light refreshments will be provided and tickets will be available to purchase for a special Cass Winery Limo ride in their restored and chauffeured 1947 Chrysler Windsor Limo as well as other prizes. You need not be present to win.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
5 p.m.— 7 p.m at the Museum
Pioneer Museum is located at 2010 Riverside, adjacent to the Paso Robles Event Center (fairgrounds)