Feb 1, 2012 11:48 PM by John Reger

How did Dinosaur Caves get its name? What's the purpose of the camera at Santa Rosa and Foothill in SLO?

Caves and a camera are the subjects of tonight's Good Question.

First Melanie Vaughn of Orcutt wants to know: How did Dinosaur Caves in Shell Beach get its name? Good Question.

It was a tourist attraction and route to the beach in 1900. It was developed in the 1920's under the name "Caverns of Mystery and Pismo Caves." H. Douglas Brown began to build a cement dinosaur at the entrance in 1948 but it was stopped by local opposition. The dinosaur was left headless until the late 1950's when it was destroyed. The area was later developed into the existing park under the name "Dinosaur Caves." I want to thank my surf buddy Vince Shay of SLO Coast Kayaks for still photos shot from inside the caves.

We have a new question about a streetlight camera in S+an Luis Obispo. Kelly Griggs of Morro Bay asks: What's the purpose of the camera mounted on a street light pole on Santa Rosa north of Foothill.

It's what's called an Emergency Vehicle Preemption sensor. It allows people in emergency vehicles to change the traffic light to green as soon as safely possible.

I know you have a lot more questions so send them to good question@ksby.com or, better yet, friend me at facebook.com/JohnRegerKsbyNews. And Santa Maria, don't be shy, bring on your questions. The only bad question is the one you don't ask.



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