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ARROYO GRANDE HISTORY

Arroyo Grande is rich in history whose earliest inhabitants were the Chumash Indians.  The Arroyo Grande Valley was found to have particularly fertile ground allowing a rich produce supply that continues to this day. The area was given a Spanish name that translates into multiple meanings, "Big Gulch", "Muddy Creek", "Big Ditch", Arroyo Grande was to become a prosperous and important ranch and farm community.

This page gives you some insight into the many facets and stories that make up our little town of Arroyo Grande.

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Arroyo Grande History
1837-1945

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Part 1.  Glimpses of Arroyo Grande’s History: Settlement and our “Wild West” days. (25:30)

Part 3. Three Waves of Immigration; the early 20th Century. (23:15)

Part 2.  New Directions. (20:22)

Part 4. World War II.  (25:24)

Video of the Harvest Festival Parade from the 30s

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Arroyo Grande History

Historic Photos

The History of Branch Street

History Flipbook
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Branch St History

Source: The Bennett-Loomis Archives.

Video of the Harvest Festival Parade from the 30s

Enjoy some fun photos from year's past