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Founder’s Day at the Templeton Historical Museum Society is a special celebration held annually on the third Saturday of November, marking the arrival of the first Southern Pacific passenger train to Templeton on November 20, 1886. Since 2006, the museum has commemorated this pivotal moment in local history. The day’s festivities include engaging short lectures on Templeton’s past, guided tours of the museum’s historic buildings, live demonstrations by a working blacksmith, and, weather permitting, a guided walking tour exploring Templeton’s historic structures. This event provides a wonderful opportunity to dive into the rich heritage of the area and experience history brought to life.

Come and enjoy:

  • The museum, train depot, and blacksmith shop
  • Templeton and Native Salinan history presentations
  • Antique vehicles
  • “Hit and Miss” engine demos
  • Cake walks 4-H Petting zoo, Face painting and games for the young and young at heart
  • Clavo wine and El Red Rooster taco truck
  • Live music by Devil’s Game
  • Free cake and pie

Honor our town’s history and enjoy a day of celebration!


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