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 While livestock production has diminished, it has been replaced by a growing wine industry and field crops continue to flourish.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.
About the Author
Jean Hubbard and Gary Hoving are members of the South County Historical Society and are both published authors. They are residents of the Arroyo Grande area and share a love for the abundance of historical buildings and cultural heritage unique to the California Central Coast. Though they come from different career backgrounds, the pair has enjoyed researching and collecting historical artifacts and images for many years. Their knowledge of the community and commitment to preserving the past has produced an interesting perspective of Arroyo Grande.