Paso is Planting 125 Oak Trees for Arbor Day!

Arbor Day Celebration in Paso Robles
Friday, April 25, 2014
Noon to 6 p.m.
Paso Robles City Park

Be a part of Paso’s 125th anniversary celebration by planting an oak tree

You can be a part of the City’s 125th anniversary celebration by planting an oak tree.

On National Arbor Day, 125 oak trees and other drought-tolerant plants will be made available to the public – (recommended donation of $5.00 – proceeds to go to the 125th anniversary celebration).

Greg Ellis of One Cool Earth, students of Liberty High School’s GreenWorks Nursery, Gary Perruzzi of the Paso Robles REC Foundation and staff from Althouse and Meade, Inc. Biological and Environmental Services will be on hand to distribute trees and other native plants to the community and to offer advice regarding planting, watering and maintenance.

As a 125th anniversary gift to the community, City staff will also dedicate a new City Park oak tree during the event, donated by Martinelli Landscaping.

For more information, contact Julie Dahlen, Director of Library and Recreation Services at (805) 237-3993.


Upcoming Event: Women’s History Day at the Pioneer Museum

Mme. Paderewski, Paderewski, Mrs. R. von Moschzisker

The real Madame Paderewski

Women’s History Day
Saturday, March 29, 2014
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Paso Robles Pioneer Museum
2010 Riverside Avenue
Paso Robles, CA 93446

Costumed docents will bring the past alive at the Paso Robles Pioneer Museum “Women’s History Day”. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet national celebrities including Eleanor Roosevelt, Grandma Moses, Phoebe Hearst, Juliette Gordon Low; and local celebrities such as Dabirma Still, Dr. Myrtle Hedgpeth, Dr. Sigrid Helgesen, Madame Paderewski, and others.

Visitors will also get a chance to see what it was like to attend school in a one room schoolhouse, and see local women and men demonstrating woodcarving.

Happy Birthday 125th Paso Robles – Event Details

School parade, scavenger hunt, mail delivered by stagecoach and more1962 Pioneer Day Parade_12th and Pine Harris Stage Lines

PASO ROBLES, CA – The Paso Robles 125th Anniversary Committee and the Paso Robles schools are teaming up to help the community celebrate the 125th anniversary date of the city’s incorporation with the “Happy Birthday Paso Robles” event in the downtown City Park today,  Tuesday, March 11 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

The event will begin with a school parade around the park to the front of the Carnegie Library. The very last parade entry will be a stagecoach that will be delivering a letter postmarked March 11, 2014 to be deposited (along with a few other commemorative items) into a time capsule that will be set as part of the celebration. The stagecoach, provided by local favorite Harris Stage Lines, will trace a route from the San Miguel post office to the City Park and will be carrying both the Paso Robles and San Miguel postmasters, among others.

Once the parade has ended, there will be a brief program to commemorate the occasion, including raising the new city flag.   Attendees will enjoy brief speeches from civic leaders followed by 1,000 cupcakes provided by the Paso Robles Culinary Academy and a commemorative Ginger Ale, produced especially for the 125th Anniversary by Paso Robles merchant Pithy Little Wine Company & Soda Works.  A celebration photo of all participants is planned to commemorate the occasion.

There will also be railroad memorabilia on display for attendees to enjoy and learn about the early history of the area.

The 125th Anniversary Kids Historical Scavenger Hunt is being unveiled at the birthday party. Locals and visitors alike can pick up the map and follow clues through the downtown and answer historical questions for a chance to win prizes like Ravine Water Park passes, Mid-State Fair passes, movie tickets, and more. Forms will be available in the park during the Happy Birthday celebration, and available after that at the Visitor Center (1225 Park Street), the Paso Robles Historical Society (inside the Carnegie library in the park) and at the Paso Robles Pioneer Museum (2010 Riverside). Prizes will be awarded three times in 2014.

The public is asked to be in the park by 3:30 to greet the parade entries.   Street closures for the parade begin at 2 p.m.  In planning your route to the event, please note that Spring Street between 10th and 12th; 11th Street between Spring and Pine; 12th Street between Spring and Pine; and Pine Street between 11th and 12th will be closed until 5 p.m.


About the 125th Anniversary: 2014 marks the 125th Anniversary of Paso Robles incorporating as a city, and the community has planned a year’s worth of events to celebrate the occasion, including a “Happy Birthday, Paso Robles” event on March 11, 2014; a newly imagined 4th of July celebration; an Old-Fashioned Family Fun Day in the park during Pioneer Day in 2014 and a fireworks finale on December 31, 2014, an Historic Women’s Day, a 12.5-mile Fun Run and much more. For a complete list of events celebrating the 125th anniversary throughout 2014, go to

Old Paso: He Shot Our Bus

by Cliff Tucker

1935 Ford School Bus

1935 Ford School Bus

With the recent occurrences of school shootings going on around the country in this day and age, I recall an incident of this type happening right here in our little town of Paso Robles when we numbered around 2,000 people. Yes, someone shot at one of our occupied school buses.

My first awareness of the event  happened when Mary Kirkland, a fourth grade classmate of mine, rushed into Miss Lenora Edgar’s classroom on the morning of April 10, 1935 and shouted, ” A man shot at my school bus”.

The bus was occupied by forty-five  Paso Robles High School students that lived in San Miguel and a few grammar school students that lived south of the Wellsona Crossing. The driver of the bus was long time driver, Price Haynes. As the bus stopped at the Kenny’s Auto Court, located at the north end of town on the long sweeping curve near the Mud Bath House and the Berta farm, an automobile pulled up behind the bus and a man got out with a twenty-two caliber revolver in one hand and waving a machete in the other while firing a couple of shots at the rear of the bus and shouting, “Why are you going to school on Sunday”?

Price put the bus in gear and headed to the high school campus that was located at 24th and Spring Streets. The school had been alerted of the incident so when the bus pulled up to the west side of the school, with the shooter still following, they were met by  C. C. Carpenter, the superintendent, Chief of Police, Claude  Azbell, Constable Walt Traeger and several teachers – Frank Porter, Ilas Dean and George Flamson. The three teachers went to the automobile of the shooter and opened the door and yanked him out with no resistance. The man was cuffed and taken away by the law officers.

The deranged shooter, Merle Smith, was a one-time deputy  in Tulare County. As Price Haynes described later: ” He looked and acted to be as crazy as a loon”.  Mr. Smith was held in the county jail for some time  and after several hearings was declared insane and was sent to the California State Hospital in Agnews.

I guess history will always keep repeating itself.

Salinas River – The Upside Down River

Fun information about the Salinas River that flows through Paso Robles.

Paso Wine Barrels

As someone who lived most of his life in the megalopolis of Los Angeles, you aren’t knowledgeable about real rivers.  I lived for a time next to the Los Angeles River and it was just a giant concrete slab of an artificial canal that most of the time was/is used for movie and television shoots.  I traveled to the Colorado River many a time for skiing and partying but it was more like a lake than a river.

Salinas River The Salinas River may appear small most of the time but there lies a big river underneath.

When I moved to Paso Robles, there for the first time was a river – and it ran essentially right through the town along the El Camino Real and 101 freeway.  The California Central Coast river was not a very effusive-looking river, but a river nonetheless.

The mighty Salinas goes up and down?

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