Celebrating 150 Years

CTB_150_Logo_FINAL_SmallThe sesquicentennial celebration for Cambria has officially begun! After 150 years of devastation, survival and reinvention, Cambria is now a haven for visitors and locals alike, providing the perfect combination of nature, art and history for everyone to enjoy; so we invite you to stop by and stay for a while, as you learn about everything that has made Cambria, well, Cambria.


There is so much to do in Cambria on any given day, but this year there are some special events surrounding the sesquicentennial:


Great Fire


  • 700 A.D. – Ancient Chumash people settle on Central California coast
  • 1770 – Spanish settle on Chumash territory
  • 1796 – Spanish begin moving Chumash people to local missions
  • 1821 – Mexico wins independence from Spain, takes control of Alta and Baja California
  • 1848 – California becomes U.S. territory; Gold Rush begins
  • 1866 – Land from Rancho Santa Rosa is subdivided and sold; Cambria is established
  • October 2, 1867 – First post office established
  • January 10, 1870 – S. Government officially recognizes Cambria, CA
  • 1889 – Accidental fire burns down commercial center of town
  • 1917 – Cambrian native Senator Elmer Rigdon introduces bill for construction of State Highway One from Cambria to Carmel
  • 1920 – William Randolph Hearst begins building huge residence on hill overlooking San Simeon Bay
  • 1937 – Roosevelt Highway (a segment of Highway 1 between Oxnard and Santa Monica) is completed and opened
  • 1954 – Hearst Castle and grounds become California State Park
  • 1966 – Cambria celebrates centennial
  • 1970s – State Route 46 extends from State Route 41 to Highway 1
  • 1991 – Cambria celebrates quasquicentennial
  • 2001 – Cambria Historical Society purchases Guthrie/Bianchini House
  • December 2008 – Guthrie/Bianchini House opens as Cambria Historical Museum
  • 2016 – Cambria celebrates sesquicentennial


Highway Closures

Highway 1 Closure

If you're heading to the Central Coast, be sure to be mindful of the stretch of Highway 1, 21 miles north of Cambria. Caltrans is busy with a major construction project to make traveling along the stunning Pacific Coast Highway a safer journey.

Highway 1 Storm Repair Along the Big Sur Coast Due to multiple active slides, State Route 1 is now closed between Ragged Pt. (SLO 72.87) and just south of Nepenthe (Mon 44).

Worried about Highway 1 Road Closures? Cambria and Hearst Castle are easily accessible from Highway 46 West from 101 South of Paso Robles or from northbound Highway 1 from the city of San Luis Obispo. Travelers from the north can easily take Highway 101 as an alternate route to Highway 1, which reduces travel time to Cambria by about 25 minutes.

For the latest road closure information visit the Caltrans website.