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1. The west portion of the private residence at 2581 Main Street is the first structure built in Cambria. In 1865, before there was a town, George Lull operated his general merchandise store in the lower level of the building and lived upstairs.

 
2. The Olalliberry Inn was built in the 1870's by the Manderscheid brothers, pharmacists from Germany. Later, the Smithers family, who operated a successful dairy farm in the Leimert area, lived in the house.


 

3. The residence at 2420 Main Street was built in the 1880's by the Leffingwell family. William Leffingwell, Sr. settled along the central coast in 1858, establishing a beach landing, the first flour mill, and the first sawmill in the country. His sawmill produced the rough slabs of local pine that went into building "Slabtown", Cambria's early nickname.

 

4. The Old Santa Rosa Chapel, built in 1870, was the first church in the country built outside the mission grounds. A walk through the cemetery in back reveals the names of many of the Italian-speaking Swiss who settled in the area in the mid-1970's and established thriving dairy farms.

 

5. The little white church at 4314 Bridge Street, was built in 1874 as the First Presbyterian Church, and has been the home of several Protestant denominations. Calvin Coolidge once attended this church while visiting Hearst Castle.

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