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Atascadero, California: Jolly Jim the Mystery Tree (Gone)

A tree had what looked like a man's face in its trunk, possibly the bark spirit of the long-dead Jolly Jim. And in the same parking lot there was a miniature World War II submarine.

Last Stage West BBQ. On the north side of Hwy 41/Morro Rd, either 6.5 miles west of US Hwy 101 exit 219, or 9.5 miles east of Hwy 1 exit 279B.
Sept. 2020: Gone

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Jolly Jim the Mystery Tree

BBQ is closed and fences are locked. Parking lot not accessible.

[Marc, 09/11/2020]

Mystery Tree sign.

Jolly Jim the Mystery Tree

Hmmmm, maybe years ago the Mystery Tree was worth a stop. Serene setting but not worth a detour.

[Ann and David, 10/08/2018]

Tree Face.

Jolly Jim the Mystery Tree

This is a tree thats trunk has a man's face. Legend has it that it's "Jolly Jim," a stagecoach driver who was part of Atascadero's history. There are signs pointing toward the tree, which is next to a quirky little barbecue restaurant called "Last Stage West." It's a little off the beaten path, but if you're in the Central Coast area of California and are up for a little adventure, go see it.

In addition to the mysterious tree, they had yummy ribs, live music at night, and an owner who will be more than happy to tell you all about the history of the building, Atascadero, and Jolly Jim.

[Maggie and Cliff Maraschino, 03/13/2013]

Also outside of Last Stage West is a good, goofy stick-your-face-in-the-hole photo-op, and a small-scale (but seaworthy) replica of the submarine S-44, which sank in 1943.

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