Renovation Makes Railroad History Marker a Showpiece of Old Orcutt
“In 1872, a narrow-
“In 1882, the rail line extended to Santa Maria Valley and Orcutt,”she said. “n 1904, William Warren Orcutt, who worked for the Union Oil Company was asked to create a town site due to the influx of families coming to work for the oil company. The town of Orcutt was laid out due to this site of the Pacific Coast Railway siding that was in place.”
One hundred years later, in November of 1982, the Orcutt Lions Club dedicated a plaque at the original location of the Pacific Coast Railway right of way. It reads, in part: This railroad served as a major influence from 1876-
Fast forward to 2019 and Orcutt Lions Club President Mike Carroll wanted to clean up the area around the plaque, which sits just to the left of the Old Town Quilt Shop. The area had become overgrown and the plaque barely visible.
“People had heard of it but didn’ really know where it was because it was so overgrown with weeds and such,”says Carroll. “nother thing, it is at ground level and hard to find. It was decided that we needed to draw more attention to it.”
What started as a general clean-
What was once a footnote of Orcutt history is now a showpiece.
“I’e seen passer-
Rebecca Ross reporting