Friday, March 30, 2007

Local History: Gone fishin'

I had occasion yesterday at work--for reasons already forgotten--to speak with my sales manager about Surf Beach. I referred him to the web for some information about the only beach access in town.

In the course of his search we came across this set of archived photos, courtesy of Lompoc History Museum, via the city's website. I learned all kinds of things.

I didn't know that Teddy Roosevelt came rolling through town in 1903, stopping for a brief appearance at the Surf Depot. I didn't know about the Shriner's train wreck in 1907 or the eerily similar wreck near town 70 years later.

But what I really didn't know--and am quite grateful to learn--is that you can fish with just a roll of string and a rifle.

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