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updated: Nov 02, 2013, 12:00 PM
By Tom Modugno
Most folks know there's a stretch of the Gaviota Coast known as Naples, but how did it get that name?
It was first called Naples all the way back in 1887, by a wealthy world traveler named John H. Williams
and his wife Alice. They had a dream to build a world class hotel called the Crescent Beach Hotel and
planned a community called Naples-by-the Sea, and make a pile of money.
The Williams liked to spend their summers in Italy and winters in California. They would frequently
travel to San Francisco by steamship for business, and as they passed the Dos Pueblos Ranch, they
would always comment on the similarity in appearance to Naples, Italy.
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