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Montana de Oro: The Mountain of Gold

By: Jaymi Heimbuch on May 23, 2013, 1:13 p.m.
Montana de Oro's shoreline

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Meadows to waves

An estimated 20,000 to 30,000 Chumash Indians lived along the coastline from Morro Bay to Malibu, including in what is now Montaña de Oro state park. Visitors can still see traces of Chumash middens, or refuse mounds, and village sites.