|Santa Margarita Street Names Stories
To entice the Southern Pacific Railroad to build a railhead near his cattle ranch, Santa Margarita Ranch owner Patrick Murphy gave easements across his land and 640 acres to the Southern Pacific land development company, The Pacific Improvement Company, to build the Town of Santa Margarita. On April 24, 1889 a Grand Auction was held to sell the lots.
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|Girl’s Named Streets - Maria, Maud, Helena, and Wilhelmina were named for Patrick Murphy’s nieces.
Yerba Buena Street - Spanish for ‘good herb’ The plant Micromeria douglasii is a rambling aromatic herb of western and northwestern North America.
Murphy Street - named for Patrick Murphy or the Murphy family
Margarita Street - named for either the Saint or the Town
Encina Street - Spanish for the Live Oak or Holm Oak Tree
Pinal Street - Spanish for a stand of pine trees
Estrada Street - named for Joaquin Estrada, the first owner of the Santa Margarita Ranch
Teresa and Graves Streets - appear on some 1889 maps but were never developed and are now part of the land where the school located.
Why some house numbers are 4 digits and some house numbers are 5 digits.
According to SLO County Planning, ‘The house numbering system adopted by the County in 1958 used 5 digits. This numbering pattern was an extension of the house numbering maps adopted for Atascadero in 1954. The adoption of the area wide address system boundaries in 1985 further extended the existing address grids within the communities out to the rural areas. Although staff has assigned addresses with five digits, the residents have historically dropped the first digit. (eg: 22565 becomes 2565)’
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