Found this photo in the August 17, 1950 Atascadero Advertiser a shopper guide to the local businesses published by the Atascadero News in cooperation with the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce. This aerial picture of Atascadero shows the school facilities of 1950 Atascadero. This general view in the picture is from east to west. I added the descriptive text on the picture to help readily identify the various locations within the E. G. Lewis Civic Center at the time the photo was made. This is how the mall and gardens looked before the highway cut through on the west side of El Camino Real and the Junior High was built on the east side.
James Wilkins is the president of the Atascadero Historical Society. The Colony Museum is located at 6600 Lewis Avenue, mailing address: P.O. Box 1047, Atascadero CA 93423. For more information, visit the website, www.atascaderohistoricalsociety.org or call 805-466-8341.