The Hearst Ranch and Cayucos Photograph Collection contains nine vintage snapshots and 1 mounted print believed to have been
taken by longtime Central Coast resident Clayton Leonard Morss (1891-1967). Includes black-and-white snapshots of construction
of the Hearst Ranch in San Simeon, California, in the 1920s, and albumen prints of the town of Cayucos, California in the
1890s, both in San Luis Obispo County. Most of the photos have been removed from an album.
These photographs were probably taken by Clayton Leonard Morss (1891-1967), a longtime resident of San Luis Obispo and Monterey
counties. Morss was born in Cayucos and was a member of the extended Leffingwell family, who owned the private wharf known
as Leffingwell Landing north of Cambria. Morss lived in various places up and down the North Coast including Cayucos, San
Simeon, and Gorda. He eventually moved inland to the county seat of San Luis Obispo by the 1930s. His occupation is listed
in various city directories and telephone directories from the 1930s-1960s as a grader operator, WPA supervisor, and a landscape
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