Atascadero Centennial Celebration: 1913-2013

The Atascadero Communiy Celebrated 100 Years

Past - Present - Future


Over the past 100 years, Atascadero has maintained its distinctive character. The brainchild of mega-entrepreneur E.G. Lewis, Atascadero is the result of a century of organic community evolution.  An infusion of oak lined rolling hills, historic buildings, a quaint lake park and zoo, budding artists, vistas, vineyards and the prominent Central Coast wineries.  Atascadero unique heritage and historic ambiance as well as its cultural amenities and solid business foundation make Atascadero a desirable and diverse city that is admired by its residents and visitors alike.

Edward Gardner Lewis, a successful magazine publisher from the East, founded the community of Atascadero in 1913 as a utopian planned colony. EG Lewis had previously created such a community at University City, Missouri.   After purchasing the Atascadero Ranch in 1912, Lewis put together a group of investors from across the country, paid J.H. Henry $37.50 per acre, and celebrated acquisition of the ranch on July 4, 1913. As investors came to homestead the land that they had bought with their down payments, the area was transformed into a "tent city" with tents situated on land now occupied by Century Plaza and Bank of America. Lewis employed the services of experts in agriculture, engineering and city planning to develop his dream colony for the anticipated 30,000 residents. 

The Community celebrated a year-long celebration as we paid tribute to the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Atascadero Colony.  Events are planned throughout 2013, culminating with a special centennial celebration in October.

The Centennial Celebration provided an important opportunity to show our community pride, unity, heritage and fun!                   

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For more information contact the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce at 805.466.2044

(photos courtesy of Atascadero Historical Society & Alan Curtis Photographer) (source: Wikipedia)