Templeton, California Photos and Information

Templeton, California - If feedlots, cattle, barns and farms sound like something out of a movie, youu've been in the city far too long.  But there's a great little town on Highway 101 that combines the best of city life with country charm and rolls it into a parcel of land known as Templeton. With wine-tasting, gourmet chocolate, fresh cooked meals utilizing local produce and cute little boutiques and gifts shops, Templeton is a recommended stop on your next journey along California's Central Coast. Places such as Jack Creek Farms offer events throughout the summer and autumn, and nearly all involve food.


Located midway between Atascadero and Paso Robles (home to the Mid-State Fair which attracts 300,000 annually) in San Luis Obispo County or halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Templeton is located in the heart of a wine-growing region. Surrounded by rich agricultural land, almonds, cherries, apples, grains and dairy products are part of the income base for farms situated on semi-flat to hilly land. Templeton is one of three unincorporated areas in San Luis Obispo County that has land available for development with the most rapidly increasing product being grapes. Many wineries on the roads winding through the neighboring hills offer tasting and wines sales.


Retaining its historical character with many of the old buildings restored, Templeton is the only town along the El Camino Real named for a person rather than a saint. Named for a San Francisco financier's son, Templeton, it was founded in 1886 when C.H. Phillips of the West Coast Land Company sent R.R. Harris to survey 160 acres south of Paso Robles. The Southern Pacific Railroad came through the area and residential lots and 5-12 acre parcels were plotted for development. At the time it grew into a town, it was the largest community in the region. As the end of the line for train passengers coming from the north, tourists had to stop in Templeton and transfer to stagecoaches heading south to San Luis Obispo, not far away. With a variety of travelers that included some unsavory characters, Templeton gained a reputation for its saloon brawls and wild & rough street scenes.  In 1897 a huge fire burned most of the business district. The town was never rebuilt to its former glory but because of its size and age, the character is preserved better than most surrounding cities and communities  templetonmuseum.org

At an elevation of 721 feet above sea level, the climate is mild with an average rainfall is about 15 inches. The average temperature in January is 60 Degrees during the day and 41 Degrees at night. In July, the daytime high averages 95 Degrees with nights dropping to 55 degrees, thanks to the ocean breeze. The average rainy season runs from mid-October to mid-April, with frost occurring occasionally.

Located a 30 minute drive from the Pacific Ocean, both to the west and south, Templeton is approximately 35 minutes by car to Hearst Castle in San Simeon. It is also only 22 miles to the popular Lake Nacimiento that includes over 166 miles of shoreline and water sports that include water skiing, fishing and camping. Just north of Lake Nacimiento is San Antonio Lake. In the center of Templeton is a three acre, tree-covered county park with a bandstand and municipal swimming pool.

Events: Templeton includes annual events such as a wine & chocolate festival, bike ride, old-fashioned Halloween and Christmas celebrations, and rodeos and horse shows nearby.


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