Book available now for pre-order
–Local author, Cheri Roe, and the Santa Margarita Historical Society have released a new book about the history of Santa Margarita. The book is titled, Santa Margarita, and It is set to release on Monday, June 27. Santa Margarita is the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing & The History Press’ “Images of America” series. Pre-order the book here.
Santa Margarita de Cortona was founded in 1775 as part of the original Spanish mission system. Its asistencia, in fact, has been considered a lost mission. Santa Margarita Ranch was later founded from a Mexican land grant. In 1889, the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad, with its terminus in Santa Margarita, created a boomtown with dance halls, blacksmiths, hotels, pool halls, saloons, and a jail. And with the popularity of auto travel half a century later, Santa Margarita was once again revitalized with garages, gas stations, motor inns, restaurants, and bars. It fell into a deep sleep, however, as Highway 101 bypassed the town in the mid-1950s. Landlocked by the 17,000-plus-acre Santa Margarita Ranch, the town has remained frozen in time until recently.
Cheri Roe is the founder and president of the Santa Margarita Historical Society. She was also a researcher for the San Luis Obispo County Historical Society and a board member of North County historical societies and museums. With the help of these organizations, she tells the fascinating story not only of Santa Margarita but also of surrounding areas such as Pozo and Carrizo Plain (now a national monument).