|Santa Maria Valley Railway Historical Museum|
"CaBoss" Phil Goble was presented a plaque and a model of Caboose No. 180 for his leadership and energy poured into the multi-year effort to restore the caboose.
President Gary Van Aken conducts the only business of the evening which was to hold an election for 1/3 of the Board of Directors and elect officers for 2005.
Kevin O'Roark (r) presents the model of Caboose No. 180 to Phil.
Here are some snipits from Darwin's presentation:
1. We saw a picture of a railroad gondola on tracks on the sand at Avila Beach. For a period of time, sand was mined off the beach and sent to Los Angeles.
2. We saw pictures of a smoke plume from a fire that burned for 103 years just above Rincon Point.
3. We saw pictures of a Union Oil building in the Spyglass area of Shell Beach. A tidal wave in 1909 took out the pier there and much of that palisades area.
4. We saw pictures of a Union Oil tanker, the Montebello, that was sunk just out of Avila Beach by a Japanese submarine just a few weeks after the Pearl Harbor attack. Everyone on board was rescued by local fisherman and other boaters. 55,000 barrels of semisolid oil remain to this day on the ocean floor, apparently safely encased in a surprisingly intact hull.
5. We heard of Thomas Scott, VP of the Pennsylvania Railroad, who bought 277,000 acres in our area upon the news of oil discoveries.
6. We heard of William Warren Orcutt, the "Father of Geology" after whom the local area is named. He was in the first graduating class of geologists from Stanford University, and his room-mate went on to be President of the United States, Herbert Hoover.