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Rios-Caledonia Adobe

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The Rios-Caledonia Adobe was built in 1835 by local Indians on former Mission San Miguel de Archangel property. Construction was supervised by Petronilo Rios, a corporal commanding the eight men artillery detachment at the mission. Timbers for the fourteen-foot rafters for the two-story adobe came from Cambria and were lashed together with leather straps.

In 1846, only a few days before California became part of the United States, William Reed, Miguel Garcia, and Petronilo Rios bought the San Miguel rancho. Rios moved into the adobe in 1851 along with his wife, Catarina Avila, and their twelve children. Warren C. Rickard purchased the property from the state of California in 1862 and in 1868 George Butchard named the adobe the Caledonia, a Scottish word meaning welcome. Butchard operated a stagecoach stop, tavern, and inn.

A few years later, Morgan, Brians, and Sons, along with Jude Jeffries occupied the build. With the arrival of train service by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1886, the adobe became a residence, followed by use as a school, post office, mattress making and upholstery shop, and a dressmaking and tailor shop. Starting in 1895, the Fred Telford family lived in the adobe and operated a dairy farm. Alfred Nygren, his wife and two children moved into the adobe in 1903 and stayed until the adobe and six acres were sold to real estate broker Charles Dories who planed to restore the building and open it to the public. The original stagecoach road became part of Highway 101 in 1915.

The San Luis Obispo County purchased the adobe in 1964 and an accurate reconstruction of the adobe was completed in 1972 and dedicated in December of that year. The Rios-Caledonia Adobe is California Historical Landmark No. 937 and a San Luis Obispo County Park.

I discovered Rios-Caledonia Adobe on the fateful day in which my hopes to attend Christmas Mass at Mission San Miguel, the only unrestored mission, were crushed by an earthquake 72 hours earlier. Rios-Caledonia Adobe was also damaged by the earthquake and remained closed for several months.

Hours: Friday - Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m

700 S. Main Street
San Miguel, California 93451
805.467.3357

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