Historic Tours:
Hard Core History

Self-Guided Tours of Paso Robles

Tour Description

History buffs will find much to fire their imaginations in Paso Robles, from an abandoned mercury mine to a military museum to a haunted saloon and beyond.

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A. Fall in Love with Historic Downtown Paso Robles

The historic city of El Paso de Robles, known for its mineral waters, fine dining, Paso Robles wine tasting, and unforgettable events and entertainment, is fast becoming a renowned travel destination. Come enjoy the experience of walking our National Award Winning authentic downtown. You will leave Paso Robles just as many others have... Wanting to come back for more! For more information visit www.pasoroblesdowntown.org

B. El Paso de Robles Historical Society / Carnegie Library

El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society is a non-profit public benefit corporation whose purpose is to collect and preserve historic properties, objects, and papers of historical interest related to the Paso Robles area and its citizens. The Carnegie Historic Library is the official home of the Historical Society, which assumed stewardship of the building in 1995. The Historical Society makes available to the public, exhibits and displays on the main floor which showcase the history of the area. Exhibits change on a quarterly basis. The Virginia Peterson Research Room, located on the lower level, contains an extensive collection of archival materials related to the area’s history and volunteers are available on site to assist visitors with research requests. The Carnegie Historic Library is open Tuesday, and Thursday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. www.pasorobleshistoricalsociety.org

C. Pioneer Museum

The dream of having a museum to preserve local history and celebrate the rural way of life began in 1971 and has been building steam since then. This beloved institution perfectly captures pioneer life in a community-minded small town while making history come alive. Exhibits include everything from Indian arrowheads to antique tractors to steam engines and even includes an historic and beautiful old one-room school house. Give yourself some time to explore this unique museum and you will realize why it is so important to preserve and celebrate our past. www.pasoroblespioneermuseum.org

D. Steinbeck Vineyards

The Steinbeck family has been farming in Paso Robles for seven generations, since 1884. Their ancestors were pioneers in many aspects of farming in Paso Robles, including wine grapes and wine 125 years ago. The family continues that fine, pioneering tradition through their wines. Each generation has lived off the land using responsible farming practices that are safe for families, workers and future generations - they were “sustainable farmers” before sustainable was in vogue. They are also one of the few Paso Robles vineyards to offer an in-depth, hands-on vineyard and winery tour. www.steinbeckwines.com

E. Estrella Warbird Museum

Take a tour of one of the fastest growing museums in California, The Estrella Warbird Museum. This fascinating museum is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of military aircrafts, vehicles and memorabilia to those who flew and worked on military aircrafts. From jeeps, side arms, early year aircraft, fighter jets recently retired from active duty, to antique ambulances, bombardier sites to modern missiles, from one of the earliest pilot's licenses issued by the FAA to unique personal items carried into combat during the previous century, from artifacts of airplanes which made aviation history, to piles of parts destined to end up as pieces of a fully restored vintage aircraft, you will find a unique collection of aircraft and artifacts. For more information visit www.EWarbirds.org

F. Harris Stage Lines

Take a step back in time and experience the real Wild West by taking a ride in an authentic 1860's full size Western Concord Stagecoach. At Harris Stage Lines the horses are the main attraction. Visitors will see how the horses are hitched to the stagecoach before leaving the Way Station and try their hand at roping on a mechanical roping machine or horse shoe pitching. Afterwards, enjoy a true cowboy meal complete with Beef Tri-Tip BBQ, BBQ chicken, authentic Ranch Beans and much more. For more information visit www.HarrisStageLines.com

G. Mission San Miguel Arcangel

This is one of California's historical and cultural treasures. The beautiful old mission building, whose foundations were laid nearly 200 years ago, is a precious part of the Paso Robles heritage, with a story that is integral to California's history. The church's appearance today is much the same as when it was founded. The inside of the church has never been repainted. The pictures and colors you see are the originals that were created and painted by Indian artisans. The Mission also still serves as a local parish and a novitiate training school for those becoming Franciscan Friars. For more information visit www.MissionSanMiguel.org.

H. Camp Roberts Historical Museum

This museum is the repository for the entire history of one of America's largest and most historic Army installations. The topics of its exhibits range from the early ranches and the Salinas Indians through World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam, to present-day mobilizations to the Middle East. The Museum has a great many interesting exhibits in both of its exhibit buildings--the Main Museum and the Museum Annex--and has many historic vehicles, both tracked and wheeled, on display. www.camprobertshistoricalmuseum.com

I. Mission San Antonio de Padua

in 1771 Padre Junipero Serra entered the Valley of the Oaks to establish the third mission in California. The date was July 14, 1771. In the secluded sierra district, Padres Junipero Serra, Miguel Pieras and Buenaventura Sitjar hung the bells on the branches of an oak tree and named this mission San Antonio de Padua. Fr. Pieras and Sitjar were left with a small group to start the Mission. The mission is still an active Catholic parish, run by the Diocese of Monterey. www.missionsanantonio.net

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