History of Nipomo
Migrant Mother 1935, Nipomo, California This photo of a migrant
farm worker named Florence Thompson and her children is the
most requested photograph in the Library of Congress. The
San Francisco News ran the picture in March 1935 and 20,000
pounds of emergency food was sent by the citizens. The photographer
was Dorothea Lange. The History Channel occasionally runs
a one hour documentary "The Great Depression" which tells
the story of the young widow Florence Thompson and Nipomo
The Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos
- This organization has produced an excellent source of information
on the origins of Nipomo and why we all need to take part
in protecting it.
The Beginnings of Nipomo
- By Alonzo Dana and John Bowen
The original author is the grandson of William Goodwin Dana,
original owner of of Nipomo Rancho, a Mexican land grant.
This is the story of of early homes built on the rancho, some
still occupied today one hundred years later. The editor and
photographer is John H Bowen, a genealogist, writer, and computer
consultant who retired to Nipomo in 1996.
Dana Adobe - Lisa VanDerStad -Adobe Restoration
This is a small piece of background information on the Dana
Family and their 36,000 acre ranch.
Judge Henry Tefft -
By Thomas Tefft and John Bowen
At age 25 Henry Tefft arrived in San Luis Obispo County in
1849. He died in the surf off San Luis Harbor four years later.
He had become a Judge, a representative to the state constitutional
convention, a wealthy landowner and the son-in-law of William
Dana, the owner of the 38,000 acre Nipomo Rancho.
The Lost City
In 1923, pioneer filmmaker Cecil. B. DeMille built the largest
set in movie history for his silent (and early Technicolor)
epic, The Ten Commandments. It was called "The City of the
Pharaohs" and is located southwest of Nipomo in the Guadelupe-Nipomo
Dunes. When filming was completed, DeMille ordered that the
entire edifice be dismantled... and secretly buried. Most
of it remains there today.
History of the Sheriff's Office
- by Captain Gary L. Hoving
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office has a rich history
spanning from the "Old West" to the "Nuclear Age." Over the
years, the personnel have dealt with many tragedies, enjoyed
many successes, and has grown to provide a highly competent
law enforcement service.