Pozo, California

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Pozo in the 1870s. The Pozo Saloon is at right.
Pozo in the 1870s. The Pozo Saloon is at right.
Pozo is located in California
Location within the state of California
Coordinates: 35°18′13″N 120°22′36″W / 35.30361°N 120.37667°W / 35.30361; -120.37667Coordinates: 35°18′13″N 120°22′36″W / 35.30361°N 120.37667°W / 35.30361; -120.37667
CountryUnited States
CountySan Luis Obispo
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)805
GNIS feature ID247764[1]

Pozo is an unincorporated community along the former Butterfield Overland Mail stagecoach route, in San Luis Obispo County, California.[2] 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.[3]

Pozo was named by George Washington Lingo, Esq., "a well known citizen"[4] who proposed the name for the post office because the village is in a holelike valley—pozo means "well" or "hole" in Spanish.[5]

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.[6][7]

The ZIP Code is 93453. The community is inside area code 805.


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Pozo, California
  2. ^ "Central Coast," California's Gold #202, Huell Howser Productions, 1991.
  3. ^ US Geological Survey, National Geographic Names Database.
  4. ^ California Place Names: A Geographical Dictionary. University of California Press. 1949. pp. 3–. GGKEY:403N5Z6QERG.
  5. ^ David L. Durham (2000). California's Central Coast: Includes Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, San Benito, Monterey & Santa Cruz Counties. Word Dancer Press. pp. 161–. ISBN 978-1-884995-29-3.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-10-16. Retrieved 2006-12-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Saloon, Pozo. "Pozo Saloon". Pozo Saloon. Retrieved 2016-03-24.

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