Baywood-Los Osos, California

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Baywood-Los Osos (locally known as Los Osos-Baywood Park ) is a census-designated place and an unincorporated census area located in western San Luis Obispo County, California, U.S., near the city of San Luis Obispo.[1] The population was 14,351 at the 2000 census. It includes separate unincorporated communities of Los Osos, which is located near Morro Bay, Baywood Park, and the original community of Cuesta-by-the-Sea.


Geography and natural history

Baywood-Los Osos is located at 35°19′0″N 120°50′8″W / 35.316667°N 120.83556°W / 35.316667; -120.83556 (35.316795, -120.835605)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.6 square miles (19.8 km²), of which, 7.6 square miles (19.7 km²) of it is land and 0.13% is water.

This locale was settled originally by Chumash peoples who developed habitation sites and exploited marine resources for food.[3]

Founder, Richard S. Otto, who named and developed Baywood Park was for years its most colorful and controversial resident. A widely-known engineer, he ran unsuccessfully for U. S. Senator from California in a 1940 primary against the late Sen. Hiram Johnson. Six years earlier, he managed Upton Sinclair's famous but un successful End Poverty in California campaign for governor.

Mr. Otto moved to Montecito in 1964 after residing permanently in Baywood Park for 15 years. But he had developed the community many years before, and had grown many of its Monterey Pines from seed in a Los Angeles apartment box-window.

Son of a wealthy Eastern family, Mr. Otto was born 24 March 1897 in East Orange, N. J. He was educated in private schools in this country and in France, Germany and Switzerland.

During World War I, he worked with noted military inventor Carl Norden and later helped engineer the Norden Bombsight. It was considered one of the most significant Allied secrets and technical masterpieces of World War II.

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