The history of Hollister can be traced back to 1853 when Colonel W.W. Hollister became one of the first men to drive a flock of sheep across the continent. Upon reaching the West, he acquired Spanish Land Grants in San Benito and Santa Barbara Counties.

At the first town meeting, a dispute arose over its name. San Justo was suggested, but a single man protested strongly against adding another name to the growing number of California towns with Saint namesakes. San Justo was thrown out, and Hollister was chosen.

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East of Eden, Of Mice and Men… stories you’re likely familiar with. Stories that centered around this region. Stories shared with a great deal of skill and an enlightened narrative.

However, a community is made up of many stories. Thousands of them. Some family tales date back generations while others are perhaps joining our community just this year.

Hollister is a diverse community with a rich history. We would love to hear and share your family’s story with other members of the community. Please take a moment to fill in the form below and attach a photo you’re willing to share with the world.

And please don’t forget to tell your friends!

Share Your Hollister Story

Submit your family’s story to Hollister 150th Community. These responses will be shared on the Hollister 150 website among other locations.

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