Beach , CA
south of Pismo Beach is the beach town of Grover Beach. Arroyo
Grande adjoins Grover Beach to the East.
was called Grover City until late into the last century. Dickerson
tells of Grover Beach's founder as a subdivider who named the
town in his honor. Grover advertised his area as being the most
extensive driving and bathing beach in the world. D. W. Grover,
an enterprising land promoter, brought potential customers on
the railroad to Templeton (in Northern San Luis Obispo County),
and then by stagecoach to San Luis Obispo, and again by rail to
Arroyo Grande. (1)
All this was
done August of 1887. Now about all that remains which is very familiar
to us, is the weather, the barbecue, and the successful auction
of land. The Central Coast is still prized for its climate, its
slower pace, and its outdoor recreation.
were short lived, since he was competing against other developers
and the changes the railroad brought with it once it connected
the towns on the Central Coast. In 1920 the population was almost
nonexistent in Grover City, and not until 1959 did it begin to
grow to any reasonable size. (1)
and Grover Beach share beaches and the famed Highway 1. The tourist
industry is not quite as extensive as Pismo Beach, but it does
have its appeal.
facts are from Sharon Lewis Dickerson. Making the Most of San
Luis Obispo County. San Luis Obispo, CA: EZ Nature Books,
Beach was founded in 1887 as Grover City.
Here we see the
dunes. The ocean is to the left out of the photograph.
the railroad station in Grover Beach. You may get off the train
at this point and board an Amtak bus or you may walk a short
distance to the beach.
offers picnicking, hiking along the shore to Pismo Beach, golfing
nearby in a nine hole course. You may also eat at the nearby