Fawnskin’s Secret Sister City

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Last spring while at an art museum in Pasadena my friend, the co-curator of a block print show, mentioned she had met the heirs to the developer, Clinton Miller, of Fawnskin when they came to view the exhibit.

The exhibit was for a local Pasadena artist (I will keep that name a secret for now so keep supporting the flyer) who owned homes both in Fawnskin and Pasadena and had been a close friend of the Millers.

The Millers had introduced her to Fawnskin and soon the Big Bear area became one of her favorite subjects to use for her block prints.

Another subject that the artist used for many of her prints was the central coast especially the Morro Bay area.

My friend and I did not know of any connection between the artist and the central coast and all attempts to find a link had come up empty.

When my friend asked the Millers, their answer shocked her and she knew that it was a secret unknown by many of us in Fawnskin.

Morro Bay golf course

Several days later, as I stood at the exhibit in front of a Morro Bay print, my friend with a twinkle in her eye casually asked “Did you know that Clinton Miller often went to Morro Bay?”

I did not but it does not surprise me since he loved duck hunting and I knew that Morro Bay was a great place to duck hunt.

Well then she smiled, because she said “I have a secret to tell you. Clinton Miller did more than duck hunt in Morro Bay; he was one of the developers of Morro Bay.”

Well my mouth dropped open and it was several seconds before I could speak and then I only mumbled, “What?”

Later, she gave me the book “Morro Bay’s Yesterday” with page 56 bookmarked.

The book states that in 1928 Clinton Miller and Edward Murphy spent $300,000.00 to create a club house, and a home paradise for both permanent and summer homes in Morro Bay.

They called their development the Cabrillo Country Club and Cabrillo Country Club Estates it featured a nine hole golf course and some said it was one of the finest in the state.

Now you know the secret bond of the two cities, we both have the same developer.

Even more amazing he actively developed both cities/developments at the same time (1928).

Please keep reading the Flyer I have many secrets about our town to share, except one the recipe for Fawnskin Tea.

You will have to make the trip to Fawnskin to experience this drink.

As always I would love to hear your comments and thoughts.

Photo Credit: The private collection of Eileen Downey.

About the Contributor: Eileen Downey bought a home in Fawnskin as a retreat from the fast pace of the big city. Living here she has found inspiration, a renewed spirit, an endless amount of creativity and curiosity. Off the mountain, Eileen is an elementary teacher for children with autism but for the last three years, her passionate hobby has been to collect, read, and sort through the history of Fawnskin and its founding settlers. She hopes you will enjoy her series and be inspired by the first Fawnskin residents who called themselves “Fawnskin Folks.”



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