San Luis Obispo city officials and state representatives in 1960 inspect the nearly completed multimillion-dollar Whale Rock dam near Cayucos. Two large cranes assist in the bridge work across the 1,040-foot spillway in the background. From left are Charles F. Beatie, Whale Rock dam construction manager; Robert Jansen, principal hydraulic engineer for the state Department of Water Resources; San Luis Obispo Mayor Fred M. Waters; City Council members Dr. J. Barry Smith, Gerald W. Shipsey and Donald Q. Miller. Published Oct. 5, 1960.
San Luis Obispo city officials and state representatives in 1960 inspect the nearly completed multimillion-dollar Whale Rock dam near Cayucos. Two large cranes assist in the bridge work across the 1,040-foot spillway in the background. From left are Charles F. Beatie, Whale Rock dam construction manager; Robert Jansen, principal hydraulic engineer for the state Department of Water Resources; San Luis Obispo Mayor Fred M. Waters; City Council members Dr. J. Barry Smith, Gerald W. Shipsey and Donald Q. Miller. Published Oct. 5, 1960. Telegram-Tribune photo dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com
San Luis Obispo city officials and state representatives in 1960 inspect the nearly completed multimillion-dollar Whale Rock dam near Cayucos. Two large cranes assist in the bridge work across the 1,040-foot spillway in the background. From left are Charles F. Beatie, Whale Rock dam construction manager; Robert Jansen, principal hydraulic engineer for the state Department of Water Resources; San Luis Obispo Mayor Fred M. Waters; City Council members Dr. J. Barry Smith, Gerald W. Shipsey and Donald Q. Miller. Published Oct. 5, 1960. Telegram-Tribune photo dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

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Whale Rock, the forgotten dam of San Luis Obispo County

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