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San Luis Obispo in San Luis Obispo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Site of First County Court House

 
 
Site of First County Court House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 6, 2008
1. Site of First County Court House Marker
Inscription. San Luis Obispo was established February 18, 1850, as one of the original counties of California. The first county government was housed in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. In 1854 county offices were transferred to the Casa Grande Building on Court Street. In early 1873 on this site first county court house was erected where county government has since functioned.

Marker placed by California Centennials Commission in cooperation with San Luis Obispo County Centennial Committee

Dedicated February 18, 1950
 
Erected 1950 by California Centennials Commission in cooperation with San Luis Obispo County Centennial Committee.
 
Location. 35° 16.941′ N, 120° 39.688′ W. Marker is in San Luis Obispo, California, in San Luis Obispo County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Osos Street and Monterey Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Luis Obispo CA 93401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. J. P. Andrews Building (within shouting distance of this marker); San Luis Obispo Sesquicentennial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); General John C. Fremont (about 600
(Second) San Luis Obispo County Court House (Constructed 1940) image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 6, 2008
2. (Second) San Luis Obispo County Court House (Constructed 1940)
The historical marker is located just to the right of the Osos Street entrance. Of the two plaques visible on the lighting plinth on the steps, one notes that A.R. Walker and P.A. Eisen were the architects and Charles D. Eggleston was the construction superintendent, while the other (larger) notes the county supervisors in 1940 were Claude Arnold, Henry Twisselman, Alfred Ferrini, John Norton, and A.A. Erhart.
feet away); “Love” and “Double Joy” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Ah Louis Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chong's Candy Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Luis Obispo.
 
More about this marker. Although the marker looks like those used by the State of California to designate California State Historical Landmarks, this site is in fact not such a landmark.
 
Regarding Site of First County Court House. The courthouse (subject of the marker) was completed in 1873, a handsome 3-story Greek Revival style building. It was demolished in 1940 and succeeded by the building pictured to the left and below, although that too has now been succeeded by a newer 1960's era building.
 
Also see . . .  San Luis Obispo County Courthouse. The California Supreme Court Historical Society's brief history of the San Luis Obispo County Courthouse.
Second San Luis Obispo County Court House (from Monterey Street and Osos Street Intersection) image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 6, 2008
3. Second San Luis Obispo County Court House (from Monterey Street and Osos Street Intersection)
(Submitted on March 1, 2009.) 
 
Additional keywords. Courthouse
 
Categories. GovernmentNotable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,483 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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