Templeton Historical Museum to host Founder’s Day • Paso Robles Press

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The festivities will take place on Saturday, November 19 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

TEMPLETON — On November 20, 1886, the first South Pacific passenger train arrived in the new town of Templeton. Southern Pacific was extending the railroad from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Templeton was the terminus of the route for three years.

The Templeton Historical Museum Society has remembered this historic date since 2006. This year’s festivities will take place on Saturday, November 19 from noon to 3 p.m. Pie and cake will be served until sold out, so come early.

There will be short lectures relating to the history of Templeton and a guided walking tour exploring the ancient buildings of Templeton (time permitting). The museum house and the original railway depot will also be available for tours. The depot has many railway artifacts and houses a 1927 Model “T” Ford and the original fire truck purchased in 1909 by the new Templeton Fire District. Additionally, the Old Blacksmith’s Shop will be open to view the restored 1932 Templeton School Bus, the 1934 Templeton Fire Truck, and the recently restored Model “T” Fire Truck, as well as exhibits showing the work of blacksmiths dating back to of 1917. David Thayer will be showing off his blacksmithing skills throughout the event.

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