I received the following press release this afternoon:

History of Arroyo Grande Revealed: Images of America; Arroyo Grande, to be available August 29th!

New from Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series is Arroyo Grande. In over 200 vintage photographs, local authors Jean Hubbard and Gary Hoving, along with the South County Historical Society, share the history of Arroyo Grande.

Located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Arroyo Grande Valley was founded during the period of the Mexican land grants. In 1837, the San Manuela Rancho was granted to Francis and Manuela Branch. The rich soils and mild coastal climate created a wonderful location to build a home, grow crops and raise livestock.

While livestock production has diminished, it has been replaced by a growing wine industry and field crops continue to flourish. Arroyo Grande remains one of the most pleasant and safest environments to live and work and maintains much of its historic village commercial area with little change over the past 100 years.

All proceeds from the book are being donated by the authors to the South County Historical Society.

Highlights of Arroyo Grande:

  • Contains many images that have never been published before from the South County Historical Society archives.

  • Includes a tribute to a local community hero; a fallen police officer.
  • Delivers the first book of its kind that is dedicated solely to the community of Arroyo Grande.

Gary and Jean will be available to sign copies of Arroyo Grande; Images of America on August 29th from 2pm to 5pm at the South County Historical Society IOOF Hall on Bridge Street, Arroyo Grande.

For more information visit: http://www.southcountyhistory.org/

Copyright © by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a professional genealogist, writer, and consultant. Likes: long walks in the cemetery, and the smell of old courthouse books. Dislikes: people who copy stuff off the internet without giving credit, and county clerks who can't tell the difference between Eastern and Pacific time zones. Secretly hopes her daughter will one day develop an interest in family history (but no luck so far).

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