Beach's founder, John Price, established the town to make it
a thriving business venture. Today Pismo Beach has a thriving
town of Pismo Beach gets its name from the Chumash word, pimuz,
their word for the tar which came from the Price Canyon. The
Chumash used the tar to seal their canoes to make them ocean
It is thought
that the Sea Lions in the area were not as prevalent. In the
absence of this harvesting the clams grew bigger than usual.
Both the native peoples and the sea lions were potential harvesters.
The clams grew larger in their absence.
Central Coast residents arrived the clams were so large and
plentiful that one man used his team and farm equipment to unearth
Clam diggers may still be found on the beaches, and most days
fisherman line Pismo Beach pier.
Beach, famous for the Pismo clam, holds the Clam Festival in
seaside resort town of Pismo Beach was first owned by
Jose Ortega in 1840. Rancho El Pismo was an 8,838 acre ranch.
The ranch was sold in 1846, and in 1850 it again sold. John
Price, one of the purchaser's, owned 7000 acres which included
Shell Beach, Pismo Beach, and Price Canyon.
those who are history buffs, Pismo Beach has a varied and eventful
located on the Central Coast of California. Its wide, gently
sloping beaches make it ideal for family outings, surfing, and
just walking the beach. Its climate ranks as one of the best
on the Central Coast.
is ideal for surfing, and many other outdoor activities. It
has many resort hotels and motels overlooking the Pacific. Numerous
seafood restaurants accommodate any one's price range. It is
a favorite of tourists who visit the Central Coast.
both private and State owned, are within walking distance of
the beach. For State Park campgrounds it is wise to make reservations
well in advance of your visit.
facts are from Sharon Lewis Dickerson. Making the Most of
San Luis Obispo County. San Luis Obispo, CA: EZ Nature Books,