The city of Santa Maria was officially incorporated on Sept. 12, 1905, although it was founded in the 1870's. In celebration of Santa Maria's "birthday" we take a look back at the history and development of Santa Maria. All photos were contributed by the Santa Maria Valley Historical Society. If you want to learn more about the history of the Santa Maria Valley or have any photos or artifacts that you would like to donate to the Historical Society stop by their office at 616 S. Broadway in Santa Maria, or call (805) 922-3130 for more information.