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This area teemed with wild life before the white man came here. It was the home of the Chumash Indians. Rudolph Cook built the first house at what is now Broadway and Main. Mr. Cook, Wat Rodenberg, Issac Rotenberg and Issac Miller helped lay out the town with 120 foot wide streets. the early days were hard. As late as 1875 wild horses tore up cultivated fields. Wild geese would strip a field before they could be driven off. Central City became Santa Maria on Feb. 18, 1885 and was incorporated Sept. 12, 1905. Oil was discovered in the valley in 1936 . . . M. P.