Atascadero is a city in San Luis Obispo County, California, about equidistant from Los Angeles and San Francisco on U.S. Route 101. The cities of Atascadero and Paso Robles have approximately the same population. Atascadero is farther inland than most other cities in the county, and as a result, usually experiences warmer, drier summers, and cooler winters than other nearby cities such as San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach. The main freeway through town is the US 101. The nearby State Routes 41 and 46 provide access to the Pacific Coast and the California Central Valley.
The Atascadero City Hall, also known as the Rotunda, is the icon of the city. Constructed in 1918, it is the symbol of the city and the crown jewel. This was the founder E.G. Lewis’s vision for the Utopian community of Atascadero. In 2003, the 6.5 San Simeon Earthquake caused major damage to the historic building. During the next 10 years, the city rented out the bowling alley for use as the temporary city hall until the old one could be fixed up and made very structurally sound. In August 2013, the old city hall was complete and the city could move back in! Now, it has sprung back to life and is again the crown jewel of the city.
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