About the Colony

June 30, 2014

A brief history of Atascadero Lake

One of the reasons the U.S. Army was interested in the J.H. Henry rancho for a training camp was because of the small natural lake in the middle of the Mexican land grant. The lake was at the base of the Santa Lucia Mountains. One government report suggested that the existing lake would provide a reliable water source for all the mules and horses.

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Lon Allan

Lon Allan has lived in Atascadero for nearly five decades, and his column is published every week. Reach him at 805-466-8529 or leallan@tcsn.net .