History of Ranches in SLO County – The Santa Margarita Ranch
The Class will start in the morning at the Pioneer Museum in Paso Robles where we’ll get a glimpse into the ranching life of the past through the many displays on hand. Then after a short drive south on Highway 101, we will be touring the famous Santa Margarita Ranch – one of the oldest continuously operated cattle ranches in California. Bring your lunch to enjoy on the grounds. In the afternoon hear and see why this ranch boasts an illustrious cultural and historical pedigree that includes early Native American inhabitants, Spanish padres, Mexican generals and even itinerant outlaws.
DATES: 1 Saturday: May 20, 2023
TIME: 10:00am - 4:00pm
LOCATION: Pioneer Museum Paso Robles and Santa Margarita Ranch
MODE OF DELIVERY: In-Person
INSTRUCTOR: Kathy Loftus
QUESTIONS: Contact Shelly Ingram at firstname.lastname@example.org or 628-888-4012
|Meet the instructor|
Kathy Arnold Loftus is a 5th generation San Luis Obispo County rancher who grew up in Carrizo Plains and attended Cal Poly. She and her husband Don Loftus leased the Santa Margarita Ranch, where their family lived and ranched for more than 40 years. While living on the ranch, she created a museum dedicated to the ranch and its long history.
She has hosted more than 25,000 visitors during numerous events and tours, always stressing the importance of the cattle industry. She continues her love of ranching and its history in SLO County by serving on both the San Luis Obispo County Cattle Women’s Board and also the El Paso de Robles Pioneer Museum Board.