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Table of Contents
The H
istory of the Paso Robles Inn by Ann Martin Bowler

Part I: The Hot Springs Hotel
Early Exploration of SLO County
A Detailed Look at Paso Robles' Historic Artesian Springs
Geological Formation
Pre-Colonial Use of Mineral Hot Springs
The Mission Era in Northern SLO County
the Hot Springs During the Mission Era
Secularization of Mission San Miguel
Mexican Land Grants and Early Settlers
From Rancho to Resort
Daniel and James Blackburn: The Early Life of the Hotel Founders
Rancho El Paso de Robles Changes Hands at a Bargain price
Law and Order in the North County
A Divided Rancho
Stagecoach Travel in the Early Days
Changes in the Stage Stop Bathhouse
The Hot Springs Hotel Opens Its Doors
The Hot Springs Resort Continues to Grow
Drury Woodson James: The Early Life of the City's Founder
Wedding Bells
The Hot Springs Hotel Changes Hands
The Family Life of the Blackburn Brothers and Drury James
Historic Sites
The James Brothers Come to Town
The Resort Grows
Bathhouse Improvements

Part II: The El Paso de Robles Hotel and Hot Springs
Travel 1870s Style
The Train's a-coming: The Influence of Chauncey Hatch Phillips
The Train Arrives in Paso Robles
The Need for a Bigger, Finer Hotel
1888 Brings a New Bathhouse
The City of El Paso de Robles is Founded
Leadership Roles Shift
Historic Announcement
Building the El Paso de Robles Hotel
The El Paso de Robles Hotel is Completed
Opening Celebrations
A Look at the City of Paso Robles in 1892-93
Early Days at the Springs
The Creation of Paso Robles' Municipal Bathhouse
Grand Bathhouse Opens in 1906
The Railroads' Influence
The Golden Era
Paso Robles: Paderewski's Paradise
Horse-Drawn Streetcar
Baseball Boys Train in Town
Pittsburgh Pirates Make Paso Their Spring Home
Guests Buy Land
Famous Guests
Cowboys Kick Back
Celebrities Seek Out Soothing Hot Springs
A Letter from Bun
Leaders Relax at the Springs
Big Money
Social Hot Spot
Challenge and Change at the Hot Springs Hotel
Fire Consumes El Paso de Robles Hot Springs Hotel

Part III: The Paso Robles Inn
Inn Opens in 1942
Opening Celebration Welcomes Paso Roblans First
Ups and Downs at the Inn
Hot Springs Cool Off
The Chandler Years

Part IV The Renaissance Begins
The Martin Family Purchases the Inn
Renovation Begins
Bringing the Ballroom Back to Life
Renewed Interest, Re-drilling the Hot Springs
Rebirth of the Bathhouse
Hotel Mysteries
Paso Robles Inn Recognized as a "Historic Hotel of America"
The City Faces Challenges
Celebrities Visit the Paso Robles Inn
Paso Robles Today
The Paso Robles Inn Today
A Timeline of the Paso Robles Inn



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