In December 1998, The Depot Association purchased a
vintage 1940's Southern Pacific boxcar in Sacramento. In 2001
work began on the conversion of the boxcar to restroom/kitchen
facilities. The following people and businesses contributed-
Linda (Guiton) Austin, Chuck and Colleen Bachman,
Clay Bachman, Ray De LA Garza, Gearhart Insulation, Glenda
Guiton, Walter Holly, Kenny Ratcliff, Carlos Rodriquez, David
Rodriquez, Rolando Rodriquez, Scott Soderquist, George Rapp
Electric, Shepard Plumbing, The Metal Shop, Inc. Kiwanis Club of
The local chapter of the Kiwanis Club donated
time and money to convert the interior for use as a restroom for
the depot. Extensive remodeling and carpentry work along with
electrical wiring for the boxcar was done with labor volunteered
by Chuck Bachman. The wiring for lights and appliances was done
by volunteers Chuck Bachman and George Rapp, with George Rapp
donating materials. Walt Shepard donated plumbing materials.
|Relocation of Oceano's WW11
September 11, 1949 Dedication of the Memorial for the eight men
from Oceano who gave their lives in World War II
1949 the Oceano Women's Club built a new brick clubhouse on the
corner of Ocean and 19th St along with a brick memorial to honor
the 8 men from Oceano that lost their lives in WW11.
August 16, 2001- the Memorial was moved from the Former
Women's Club (now the Boys and Girls Club) to the Depot and a
rededication ceremony was held September 15, 2001.
||The Three Palm Trees
wanted palm trees to match the ones seen here in this 1923 photo
of the depot grounds taken by Virgil Hodges. Harold had done a
study of the varieties of palm trees that grow in California,
and was resolved to use the exact same species that had been
planted around the depot in the past. Harold took this old photo
around to nurseries to see exactly what species they were. The
palm trees were identified as California Fan Palm Trees.
January 2001, John Aiken of Grover Beach donated three trees to
the depot. Larry Ramey removed the trees with a backhoe, loaded
them on a truck, and delivered them to the depot where they were
planted. (One of the trees has since died and the replacement
may not be the same variety).