1912 Aerial Morro Rock View

Quarried rock is loaded to barges from the causeway east of Morro Rock. The shallow estuary is not yet lined with boats.

Late 1930's Aerial

Late 1930's Aerial

The pre-WWII waterfront has little activity, with the Standard Oil tank farm in the hills above north Morro Bay ready to load tankers in Estero Bay north of the Rock.

c 1955 Aerial

c 1955 Aerial

Storms have damaged the harbor entrance built by the Navy, but the revetments and infrastructure for boats and fishing remain. A single stack is ready for the first stage of the new PG&E power plant.

Current Project Highlight:  Nadine Richards' Little Red House

Do you know the little red house at the south end of the Embarcadero, near the boat launch at Tidelands Park? From the launch, look east to the bluff, behind the fence.

We need to preserve this unique part of Morro Bay’s history. The current owners need to either move it or demolish it because there isn’t room on the little lot to build the new house they want AND keep Nadine’s. They have offered to give the LRH to the Historical Society, but we need to raise the money to move it to a new foundation. We hope you can help! Contact us
about making a donation for this important project.

Recent Meeting from Steve Peck:

You can view a PDF copy of Steve Peck’s presentation on ’Things You May Not Know About the Morro Bay Harbor and Waterfront’. Steve gave the talk on February 4, 2024; it’s really good information about the property history of the harbor front. Click here to Send us a Message about it.

Early 1900's

This photo of two men spending their day clam digging in Morro Bay during low tide was taken in the early part of the 1900's. The men are approximately where State Park Road is today below the Natural History Museum. Fishing, clamming and oyster farming are part of our deep aquatic history!

Before Quarried

This is an old photo of Morro Rock taken prior to it being quarried. You can see the southern section clearly had a slope without the dramatic drop that is there today. We are fascinated by the history of our community!