Cekkebration of Local Authors

Cambria History
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Ken Renshaw

The story of the Cambria Historical Museum told in “first person house.”

“I am over a hundred and forty years old. I have many stories to tell. I will tell you my story, which in many ways is also the story of Cambria, and the stories about the people who lived in me. I will describe the terror and destruction of the great fire of 1889 and how it changed Cambria. I have a great story of how Cambria reacted to the start of World War II and the torpedoing of an oil taker off our shore. I will relate how I was abandoned after my owners died, and how determined friends kept me from being torn down and replaced by a parking lot. You can read about how delighted I was when the Cambria Historical Society bought and restored me, and docents tell my story to visitors from may lands.”

Here i a comment on the book by a long-term Cambria residents:

“Ken's true story of Cambria and its museum will bring a smile to the reader and a new  love for history.

                      Gayle Oksen, a  Cambria native”

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Geneva Hamilton

AMAZON Customer Review
stars-3-0._CB192240710_ Decent local history, with a lot of old-settler details. 3.5 stars, March 18, 2013
Peter D. Tillman

This review is from: Where the Highway Ends (Paperback)
This is a decent local history, and I enjoyed reading it with some caveats. The books structure is a bit odd & repetitive, suggesting that this started out as a series of newspaper and/or magazine articles. The author starts out with the more-recent history of Cambria, and then goes back to the Spanish-Mexican history, then forward again to outlying areas such as the Hearst Ranch and the mercury mines. There is a lot of recitation of old family names, old settlers and businesses that would probably interest long-time residents, but didn't mean much to this newcomer. I found the second half of the book, with the Spanish, whaling, mining and Hearst family history, more interesting, so you may want to start there.

This is a reprint of the 1974 edition. The 1999 reprint gives fair warning, but it's still a bit jarring to read of events 40+ years back as "recent".

But there's not much else available. Cautiously recommended to new residents and local-history fans.

Happy reading--
Peter D. Tillman
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Debdie Soto

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Robert Soto

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Wayne Attoe