Pozo in the 1870s. The Pozo Saloon is at right.
|County||San Luis Obispo|
|Time zone||Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||247764|
Pozo is an Unincorporated community in along the former Butterfield Overland Mail stagecoach route, in San Luis Obispo County, California. The closest communities appearing on road maps are California Valley and Santa Margarita. A USGS-provided set of coordinates for the town are on the Santa Margarita Lake 7.5-minute quadrangle.
Pozo was named by George Washington Lingo, Esq., “a well known citizen” who proposed the name for the post office because the village is in a holelike valley—pozo means "well" or "hole" in Spanish.
Pozo is home to the still thriving Pozo Saloon, established in 1858. During its early years, the Pozo Saloon was the primary watering hole for weary travelers making their way over Pozo Summit. Today it has taken its place among the best recognized concert venues on the Central Coast. From Willie Nelson to the Black Crowes, the Pozo Saloon has transformed itself from a dusty Civil War era saloon to a must-go-to concert destination.
The ZIP Code is 93453. The community is inside area code 805.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Pozo, California
- "Central Coast," California's Gold #202, Huell Howser Productions, 1991.
- US Geological Survey, National Geographic Names Database.
- Erwin G. Gudde: California Place Names, University of California Press, Ltd., London, England, 1949, 1969, p. 256, viewable at http://books.google.com/books?id=M-22djGNuhwC&pg=SL3-PA256&lpg=SL3-PA256&dq=Pozo+%22G.+W.+Lingo%22&source=bl&ots=-KPF5IVKGO&sig=BQkSsYP7gpiL9GBO_hDGipEgf7Y&hl=en&ei=6t8bTIKqF8KC8gbZ0PGPDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBIQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Pozo%20%22G.%20W.%20Lingo%22&f=false, accessed 17 Jun 2010.
- David L. Durham: Place Names of California's Central Coast, Quill Driver Books/Word Dancer Press, Inc., Clovis, Cal., 2000, p. 161, viewable at http://books.google.com/books?id=2BgEOqh-zzwC&pg=PA161&lpg=PA161&dq=Pozo+%22G.+W.+Lingo%22&source=bl&ots=fO2xY4l441&sig=N7o4UN4K_-uKB_x5I3Kd-Typy1s&hl=en&ei=6t8bTIKqF8KC8gbZ0PGPDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CB0Q6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=Pozo%20%22G.%20W.%20Lingo%22&f=false, accessed 17 Jun 2010.
- Welcome to the Pozo Saloon
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