Tag Archive: Guadalupe Dunes

Jun 12

Uncovering Moses of Guadalupe, Cecil B. DeMille films Ten Commandments in 1923

Glen Wharton shows a portion of Cecil B. DeMille's set for the 1923 movie The Ten Commandments, filmed in the Guadalupe Dunes. The set had been buried in sand for over 65 years when it was uncovered in the 1990.
©The Tribune/David Middlecamp

Is it archeology when the artifacts are actually movie prop replicas made of plaster? Ancient Egypt has long captured the imagination of story tellers and in 1923 Cecil B. DeMille was setting the standard for epic movies, before color and sound had come into the picture. He would later remake the epic story in color …

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Feb 27

1965 Oceano Dunes

    WELCOME OFFER… Mrs. Evelyn Tallman of the Pismo Beach Dune Riders offers a ride to Mrs. Duncan Jackson and Dr. William E. Siri. January 16, 1965 Brace yourselves. The Sierra Club and the Pismo Beach Dune Riders once had the same goal for the Oceano Dunes. It took PG&E to put them on …

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Jan 31

Cal Poly Nuclear Reactor 1963

January 19, 1963 The first nuclear reactor in the county wasn’t at Diablo Canyon, it was at Cal Poly. The equipment was labeled Universal Nuclear which sounds like a company James Bond worked for. I’m still waiting for the promised electric power too cheap to meter. This facility has since been decommissioned. Can any Cal …

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