Paso Robles Celebrates its 125th Year!
by Kylee Jepsen, Digital Media Coordinator, Visit San Luis Obispo County
The City of Paso Robles gathered together this week to commemorate it’s 125th Anniversary, a milestone for the community and San Luis Obispo County. Paso Robles was founded on March 11, 1889, where it was officially named City of El Paso de Roblas. Just a few months later, in November, Roblas was changed to the name we know today, Robles. In 1891 Paso Robles had just 820 residents, and in 1908 the Carnegie Library, the historic building that still stands in the heart of Downtown Paso Robles today, opened.
The 125th Celebration kicked off with a parade around the downtown park, led by the Paso Robles High School (PRHS) marching band.Elementary, secondary and high school students marched holding school banners and sporting their school colors. After the parade all gathered at the Carnegie Library for the festivities to continue. Harris Stage lines, driving the same route it would have from San Miguel to Paso 125 years ago arrived with a letter postmarked March 11, 2014 to be deposited into the Paso Robles time capsule for a later generation to read.
The celebration came to its culmination with the release of a new Paso Robles city flag. The new city flag, along with the American and Californian flags, were all raised by the local boy scouts as the PRHS choir and band performed the National Anthem.
The event came to an end and guests were treated to cupcakes courtesy of the Paso Robles Culinary Academy and a special commemorative Ginger Ale created by Pithy Little Wine Company & Soda Works. The celebration was truly a memorable one for the city of Paso Robles. Festivities will continue throughout the year, commemorating this special 125th year for the city.
Locals and visitors to Paso Robles can continue their celebrations this weekend with the annual Vintage Paso: Zinfandel and Other Wild Wines. Wine enthusiasts have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a Zinfandel experience like no other. With over 120 wineries offering special events, dinners and tastings you can enjoy a full weekend savoring a true Paso Robles Wine Country experience. For more information on Vintage Paso you can visit www.visitsanluisobispocounty.com/events or visit www.pasowine.com.