March 11, 2014
Find your way to the bustling downtown district of Paso Robles on March 11 for a community celebrating 125 years as an official city. This free event will include refreshments and a marching band at the downtown City Park, as locals and visitors gather to honor the area's dozen decades of cultural legacy and tradition.
James and Daniel Blackburn purchased Paso Robles in 1857, then located on the Rancho Paso De Robles Mexican land grant. Once purchased, the land became a rest stop for travelers on the Camino Real trail. An area long known for its mineral hot springs, pioneer settlers came to call this community home. Over time, the region would grow by leaps and bounds, becoming a thriving hotspot for cattle ranches, apple and almost orchards, dairy farms and vineyards. The city was officially incorporated in 1889, and today, tourists come to Paso Robles to sample the local flavors from more than 250 bonded wineries with 25+ varietals of grapes grown in the region.
In addition to the big parade on March 11, the city will commemorate this special anniversary throughout the year. Whether you are in the area for a wine tasting getaway or a trip with the kids, historic tours help give visitors a unique glimpse into the old American West. In honor of 125 years, you can find self-guided tours through the hot springs, architectural landmarks, museums, and fascinating attractions. Find out more about these entertaining and educational excursions all nestled near the heart of historic downtown at http://www.prcity.com/125/tours/.