|California (San Luis Obispo County), Arroyo Grande — Pacific Coast Railway Right-Of-Way / A Terrible Tragedy|
| Side A (Facing the sidewalk):
This plaque marks the location of the
Pacific Coast Railway
As established on October 12, 1881, in Arroyo Grande, the Pacific Coast Railway ran from Avila to San Luis Obispo and Edna in the north, then through Arroyo Grande to Nipomo, Santa Maria, Orcutt, Los Alamos and Los Olivos in the south. This railroad served as a major influence from 1876 -1942 in the development of agriculture and commerce on California's central coast. . . . — Map (db m66068) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Atascadero — 958 — Atascadero Administration Building|
|This building, dedicated in 1914 and completed in 1918, was the headquarters for the Atascadero Colony, a model community envisioned by Edward G. Lewis. Designed by Walter D. Bliss of San Francisco and built of reinforced concrete and locally produced brick, it had also served as a private school for boys, a veteran's memorial building, and county offices. It is currently the seat of municipal government. — Map (db m67969) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Atascadero — Carlton Hotel|
|In 1928 The Carlton Hotel began as a single story building for the Atascadero Development Syndicate. The 52-room hotel on the second floor called the “Annex”
opened its doors at a gala event on November 28, 1929.
In 1931 the building changed hands for the third time. With new owners came a neon sign on the rooftop that is still there today and a new name, “The Carlton.” Soon the hotel was hosting some of Hollywood’s elite radio and television personalities . . . — Map (db m38727) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Atascadero — Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial|
Throughout history patriotic Americans have been drawn together to serve a cause greater than themselves. Some came because of common experiences. Most came because of common values. All came because they shared a dream.
The people who belong to the Atascadero Veterans Memorial Foundation are such a people. They believe that the true reflection of America is her ability to honor our Veterans of the past, who have given so much that all Americans might live free. They feel the Memorial . . . — Map (db m61431) WM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Atascadero — Sunken Gardens — 2005 Restoration Project — Dedicated December, 2005|
|Inspired by “The Grand Basin” at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, Atascadero founder E.G. Lewis envisioned a formal Sunken Garden to adorn the civic center in his new colony. Restored in 2005 as originally designed with walkways crossing the length and width of the gardens and meeting at a central fountain designed by architect Walter D. Bliss of the San Francisco firm of Bliss and Faville.
Funded by the
Atascadero Community Redevelopment Agency
Jerry L. Clay, Sr., Board . . . — Map (db m38729) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Atascadero — Your American Heritage Monument|
|The purpose of this monument is to forever stand as a tribute to our nation's Founding Fathers who created the two most important documents that laid the foundation of our country: the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. This monument also honors our nation's veterans, who from the time of George Washington, when that first Minuteman fired "The Shot Heard 'Round the World" (which echo still rings of freedom), have forged the fiber that has been woven into the fabric of our . . . — Map (db m67581) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Avila Beach — Pier Into The Past — History of the Cal Poly Research Pier|
|Cal Poly’s Pier has undergone change throughout its history, shifting purpose from industrial use to a center for marine research & education.
For thousands of years the Chumash Native Americans made their home on the Central Coast, including the Avila Beach area.
1867 The town of Avila is established when the Miguel Avila family subdivides Rancho San Miguelito.
1873 John Harford erects the Harford Pier, to facilitate shipping and trading on the Central Coast.
1908 . . . — Map (db m70381) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Avila Beach — Point San Luis Light Station — Head Keeper’s Quarters & Lighthouse|
|Built in 1890 as part of the original light station, this building combined the lighthouse (tower structure) and the residence/office of the head keeper and his family. — Map (db m70052) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Cambria — 939 — Nitt Witt Ridge|
|Nitt Witt Ridge, one of California's remarkable Twentieth Century Folk Art Environments, is the creation of Arthur Harold Beal (Der Tinkerpaw or Capt. Nitt Witt), a Cambria Pines pioneer who sculpted the land using hand tools and indigenous materials, remarkable inventiveness, and self-taught skills. A blend of native materials and contemporary elements, impressive in its sheer mass and meticulous placement, it is a revealing memorial to art's unique cosmic humor and zest for life. — Map (db m50545) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Cambria — Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Lens|
|This first order fresnel lens was manufactured in 1850 in France by Henry LaPaute. The clock mechanism was built in 1872 and the lens you see here was installed atop the lighthouse at Piedras Blancas in 1874.
In 1949 the lens was removed from the lighthouse when an aero-beacon was installed. At that time, through the efforts of Byron Boisen, Eddie Shaug, Guy Bond and Roland Houtz of the Cambria Lions Club, the lens was moved to the Lions Pinedorado Gounds.
During 1990-1994 the lens . . . — Map (db m68626) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Cambria — Preserving a Bit of History — (Chinese Temple)|
|This property was once Cambria’s historical “Chinese Center,” the social focus for workers who harvested seaweed and abalone for shipment back to China, or worked in local quicksilver (mercury) mines in the mountains.
Here local Chinese once celebrated holidays, gambled, socialized, and took refuge from the coastal storms. Buildings included a bunk house, laundries, cabins and a structure people have called the “Chinese Temple.” It had both fraternal and religious . . . — Map (db m68511) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Cayucos — Cayucos by the Sea — Cayucos Landing|
|Born in Bristol, England, Nov. 24 1824, James Cass came to N.Y.C. at the age of 12, then to California during the Gold Rush. His mining, mercantile, and farming led him to travel throughout the state. In 1867, he saw the potential of a shipping port at Cayucos Creek. In 1869, Cass convinced Capt. J.N. Ingalls and his partner, Frederick Metcalf, to start a small shipping business, stacking goods on the beach, which led to building a wharf in 1872. The wharf, the first structure in the township, . . . — Map (db m68608) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Cayucos — 2 — Home of Capt. James Cass|
|Built of lumber shipped from San Francisco 1867-1875. Capt. Cass, an Englishman, came to California in 1849, settling in Cayucos in 1867 he built the wharf & warehouse in 1875. He was responsible for the early growth of Cayucos. He is recognized & honored as it’s first citizen. — Map (db m68607) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Cholame — Tribute to a Young Man — James Dean Memorial|
|His name was James Byron Dean. He was an actor. He died just before sundown on September 30, 1955, when his Porsche collided with another car at a fork in the road not 900 yards east of this tree, long known as The Tree of Heaven. He was 24 years old.
Aside from appearing in several Broadway plays, he starred in three motion pictures - East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, and Giant. Only "Eden" had been released before his death. Yet, before he was in his grave, James . . . — Map (db m61372) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Creston — Creston Community Church|
|Built in 1886 by volunteer labor. Deeded to the Methodist Church. Dedicated to The Lord the third Sunday in May, 1886. Second Protestant church in San Luis Obispo County. Served by circuit riding Methodist Minister A.N. Fields.
Framework of native pine milled at Huer Huero.
The building has been in constant use and holds a beloved place in the hearts of the community.
Plaque placed by San Luis Obispo County Historical Society on "A Day of History in Creston," Saturday, May 14, 1966 — Map (db m67851) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Harmony — The Town of Harmony|
| ....grew up around a dairy, founded in 1869. Until 1907 the creamery changed hands several times. In these early days rivalries and feuding among the dairy farmers caused chaos in the valley. After one shooting death a truce was called. All agreed to live henceforth in harmony, and from this the name of the towne was derived.
In 1907 M.D. Salmina established the Harmony Valley Cooperative Dairy. The town of Harmony prospered with this business. In its heyday the village boasted a large . . . — Map (db m68508) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Morro Bay — 821 — Morro Rock|
|An important mariner's landfall for over 300 years, chronicled in the diaries of Portola, Fr. Crespi and Costanso in 1769 when they camped near this area on their trek to find Monterey. Sometimes called the "Gibraltar of the Pacific". It is the last in the famous chain of nine peaks which start in the city of San Luis Obispo.
California Registered Historical Landmark No. 821
Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Morro Bay Chamber of . . . — Map (db m24795) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Morro Bay — The First Landing of Filipinos in the Continental United States — Historic Site|
|During the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade Era from 1565 to 1815 Spanish galleons crossed the Pacific between the Philippines and Mexico.
On October 18, 1587, the Manila Galleon Nuestra Senora de Esperanza commanded by Pedro de Unamuno entered Morro Bay near here. A landing party was sent to shore which included Luzon Indios, marking the first landing of Filipinos in the continental United States. The landing party took official possession of the area for Spain by putting up a cross . . . — Map (db m24732) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Paso Robles — Adelaida|
|Since 1797 the route of the old padre trail through this area provided a key link to the coast for Mission San Miguel and the lower Salinas valley, especially in the 1860’s for the shipping of mercury, vital to the recovery of California’s gold.
During the mid 1800’s settlers and entrepreneurs flooded into the area, including Auguste and Pauline Dubost who arrived from France in 1882 and opened a blacksmith shop. He moved the Adelaida Post Office to this site in 1889 and became postmaster. . . . — Map (db m68509) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Paso Robles — Brewster – Dutra House|
Brewster – Dutra
Has been placed on the
Of Historic Places
By the United States
Department of the Interior — Map (db m64750) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Paso Robles — Carnegie Library|
Carnegie Historic Library
has been placed on
National Register of Historic Places
by the United States Department of Interior
Register #97001635 — Map (db m61563) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Paso Robles — Chumash and Salinan Nations Village Site|
|This knoll is the site of a Native American village believed to have been occupied for over 100 generations or 3,000 years. It has been preserved to honor both the Chumash and Salinan Nations that inhabited this region before the arrival of the Spanish, Mexicans and Americans. Their descendants, who call themselves Chumash (or Stitchne) and Salinan People, consider this land to be sacred. Please observe this area with respect. "The sacred circle has not been, and will not be broken." — Map (db m68424) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Paso Robles — 542 — Estrella Adobe Church|
|The first Protestant church in northern San Luis Obispo county was built in 1879 by early settlers. This nondenominational church on the Estrella Plains prospered with the pioneer community, but by 1912 fell into disuse as the various denominations developed separate facilities. In 1952, this structure, then in ruins was restored by the Paso Robles Women's Club History and Landmarks Committee. — Map (db m59452) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Paso Robles — First Mennonite Church|
|An inspiring and varied history of the Mennonites in the Paso Robles area began in 1896. Pioneers Jacob Hege and Jacob E. Claassen came to this area to evaluate the land. They decided to settle east and west of Paso Robles. Mr. Hege liked the Estrella plains and Mr. Claassen preferred the Godfrey Ranch near the Nacimiento River. Other families came soon after and, in the fall of 1897, organized the first Mennonite church in California. Rev. Jacob Hege was elder and Rev. A.J. Wiebe was assistant . . . — Map (db m73175) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Paso Robles — Geneseo School — 1886 - 1962|
|Built by local families and named after their hometown of Geneseo, Illinois.
Purchased in the mid-1960s by Linden Chandler and moved to his Creston ranch.
Donated by his family to the Pioneer Museum in 2004 for all to appreciate and enjoy. — Map (db m68654) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Paso Robles — Ignacy Jan Paderewski — 1860 - 1941|
| In English
World famous pianist, composer, statesman, humanitarian, major California Central Coast land holder, vineyard owner, winemaker and almond grower.
Polish by birth and a citizen of the world, Paderewski felt at home in America and returned to Paso Robles for long visits during the years 1914-1939. This monument celebrates the legacy of Paderewski that continues in Paso Robles thanks to the annual Paderewski Festival, Youth Piano Competition, concerts and cultural . . . — Map (db m71909) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Paso Robles — In Memory Of|
|The boys of the Paso Robles
War Memorial Hospital
who made the supreme sacrifice in World War II Thomas C. Calvert • William O. Cottle • Joseph G. Crettol • Raymond O. Dauth • Raymond J. Farnell Jr. • Roy A Gruwell Jr. • Lester W. Hambly • Richard E. Harris • Glenn Harris • Edward R. Johnson • Dale C. Jones • Troy C. Lancaster • Richard M. Ojeda • Louis F. Patriquin • James L. Pearson • Peter F. Pesenti • George M. Quintana • Robert L. Rogers • Benjamin F. Sauret • Don Smith • . . . — Map (db m68656) WM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Paso Robles — Lincoln-Adelaida School|
|On April 18, 1917, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Sims deeded this site of one and one half acres to and for the Lincoln School for the sum of $10.00 dollars. The school was built in 1917 and operated as a one room school house from 1917-1964. The school started serving the Adelaida elementary students in grades 1-8, in the fall of 1917. By 1925, the school buildings and grounds began to serve the Adelaida community as a meeting place. Major alterations came in 1948 when electricity arrived. The old . . . — Map (db m67790) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Paso Robles — Paso Robles Veterans Memorial|
|This monument is dedicated to all War Veterans of the
Paso Robles area who served Their county in its time of
Presented by the
Paso Robles United Veterans Council
Veterans of Foreign Wars – Post 5692
American Legion Post 50
Veterans of W.W. I – Barracks 1603
Amvets – Post 23
November 11, 1967 — Map (db m68426) WM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Paso Robles — Paso Robles’ First Jail|
|By the mid-1880s, the population of Paso Robles had increased to a level where a dedicated building to house criminals was needed. On September 20, 1887, Paso Robles Leaderran a story about a Saturday-night drunken brawl where weapons were drawn but no shots were fired. Those involved were locked up in a boxcar but they set it on fire and escaped.
Two years later another article was printed that basically stated the town constable would not arrest drunks because there was no place to . . . — Map (db m72629) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Paso Robles — Pittsburg Pirates|
|Presented to the city of El Paso de Robles to preserve the memory of the winter home of the Pittsburgh Pirates 1924-1934 — Map (db m66413) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Paso Robles — The Famous Hotel El Paso de Robles 1891 - 1940 — Historic Site|
|On May 11, 1889, with one million bricks piled at this site, the laying of the foundation of this famous hotel was begun.
In November of 1889, the El Paso de Robles Hotel Company was incorporated with five stockholders: Drury and Louisa James, Daniel and Cecelia Blackburn and Ed Burns.
The famous hotel was completed in October 1891 and was one of the most romantic structures in all of San Luis Obispo County and in California. The architect was Jacob Lenzen.
On December 12, 1940, . . . — Map (db m60007) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Paso Robles — The Jeanesville Pump|
|The Jeanesville Pump that rests quietly on permanent exhibit at the Paso Robles Pioneer Museum was one of 2000 steam powered pumps built at the turn of the century by the Jeanesville Iron Works Company.. .
Union Oil Company relocated this Jeanesville Pump to the central coast of California from Georgia, where it had been operating pumping molasses. This pump was purchased and disassembled in Georgia and transported to San Luis Obispo, California by train. From San Luis Obispo the component . . . — Map (db m78134) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Paso Robles — Willow Creek Mennonite Church|
|Members of the Willow Creek Mennonite Church worshiped at this site from 1911 to 1967. The building was moved here from the San Marcos area where it had been built in 1898. It burned on January 26, 1967
"For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” I Corinthians 3:11 — Map (db m67215) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Luis Obispo — “Love” and “Double Joy” — 樂 愛|
|This mosaic tile mural, placed in the heart of the historic Chinatown District of San Luis Obispo, commemorates our City’s Chinese pioneers. As immigrants they faced prejudice and exclusionary laws, but rose above such obstacles to make major contributions to local commerce, agriculture and industries.
Chinatown reached its peak in the late 19th century. Consisting of portions of three city blocks, it was the largest Chinese settlement in San Luis Obispo County. At its hub was the Ah Louis . . . — Map (db m52979) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Luis Obispo — Carnegie City Library — 1905 to 1955|
|Built on the site formerly occupied by Dona Ramona Carrillo Pacheco de Wilson’s two story town house, this building was for 55 years the city library. One of over 1,681 libraries given by Andrew Carnegie to American towns in the early 1900’s, it was built in 1905 by local contractor Joseph Maino, with Wm. H. Weeks as architect. As one of numerous California public buildings designed by Weeks, it shares appearances with Carnegie libraries in Lompoc and Paso Robles.
It is noteworthy that while . . . — Map (db m11605) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Luis Obispo — Chong's Candy Store|
|This building was built in 1925, by Addison Chong, as was the house next door where the Chong's lived. Addison and his wife Mary owned and operated Chong's Chinese Restaurant for many years.
In 1950, Addison's brother Richard took over the building and opened Chong's Candy Store.
Richard operated Chong's Candy Store for 28 years until his death in 1978. He was the last candy-maker of his kind in the county. — Map (db m16430) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Luis Obispo — 720 — Dallidet Adobe|
|This was the home of Pierre Hyppolite Dallidet, a native of France, who settled in San Luis Obispo in 1853 and became a vineyardist. His son, Paul Dallidet, gave it to the San Luis Obispo County Historical Society in 1953, in memory of the Dallidet family that had occupied it for a century. — Map (db m27561) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Luis Obispo — De Anza Expedition 1775 - 1776|
Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza by decree of Carlos III of Spain led an expedition to this site – The mission being to colonize the San Francisco Bay Area.
In the center of the marker is a circular motif, designed by Doris Birkland Beezley, of a rider superimposed upon a sun-like set of compass points, with the "De Anza Expedition 1775 1776" written above the rider. — Map (db m38533) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Luis Obispo — General John C. Fremont|
|and his command of 430 men of the Navy Battalion of Mounted Riflemen encamped near this site December 14-15 1846, on their march, which ended the Mexican regime in California.
Erected 1930 by San Luis Obispo School Children, Native Daughters and History and Landmark Section of the Monday Club. — Map (db m70042) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Luis Obispo — J. P. Andrews Building — City of San Luis Obispo Historic Building|
|On this site, the storied original Andrews Hotel stood. The grand opening of that remarkable structure was celebrated July 3, 1885. Nine and one half months later, on Palm Sunday, April 18, 1886 it burned to the ground. On the ashes, the present structure, the J.P. Andrews Building was erected to serve as the offices of the J.P. Andrews Banking Company. The building was completed in 1893 and the J.P. Andrews Banking Company opened for business January 2, 1894. J.P. Andrews was described by . . . — Map (db m16502) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Luis Obispo — Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail|
Hope on the Horizon
What would make a family leave their home for an unfamiliar land on a distant frontier? For the nearly 300 men, women, and children on the Anza Expedition, it was the chance for a fresh start. In 1775, life in northern Mexico was hard and people were poor. They hoped for prosperous opportunities along the San Francisco Bay.
New Life on the Spanish Frontier
Commander Juan Bautista de Anza understood the needs of these families as well of those of the . . . — Map (db m38537) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Luis Obispo — M60A3 (TTS) Main Battle Tank — the “Patton”|
|In service with the U.S. Army and U.S. Marines
1960 to 1991
Weight 58 tons • Crew of 4
Main Weapon 105mm Rifled Gun
This tank is dedicated to all veterans of
San Luis Obispo County who have served
San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors
K. H. Katcho Achadjian, Chairman, District 4
Jerry Lenthall, Vice Chairman, District 3
Shirley Bianchi, District 2
James R. Patterson, District 5
Duane Leib, SLO County General Service Director
Central Coast . . . — Map (db m38502) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Luis Obispo — 325 — Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa — 1772|
|A Spanish mission founded by Fray Junipero Serra, O.F.M., First president of the California missions. This was the fifth in a chain of 21 missions stretching from San Diego to Sonoma. Built by the Chumash Indians living in the area. Its combination of belfry and vestibule is unique among California Missions. In 1846 John C. Fremont and his California Battalion quartered here while engaged in the war with Mexico. — Map (db m27237) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Luis Obispo — Motel Inn|
|This is the site of the worlds original and first motel. Construction started in 1925 at a cost of $80,000. The word “motel” was first thought of here by Architect Arthur Heineman. — Map (db m38453) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Luis Obispo — Mustang Memorial Plaza|
|On October 29, 1960, a chartered aircraft carrying the Cal Poly Mustang Football Team crashed on takeoff at the Toledo, Ohio Airport. Sixteen Mustang football players, the team manager, and a Mustang booster were killed in the crash and twenty-two others were injured. Mustang Memorial Plaza is dedicated to their memory.
[Second Marker at the Memorial]
The 1960 Cal Poly Football Team
First Row (L-R): Don O’Meara, Don Adams, Russ Woods, Benny Martin, Coach LeRoy Hughes, . . . — Map (db m38511) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Luis Obispo — Pacific Coast Railway|
|The Pacific Coast Railway was completed to San Luis Obispo on Aug. 8, 1876 having started as a horsedrawn rail line on the Port Hartford Pier (Port San Luis) in 1873.
Three foot gauge steam engines took trains loaded with farm, dairy and oil products to ships at the port. They carried passengers, lumber, machinery and household goods to the fast growing communities along the rail line that eventually reached Los Olivos in 1887. During the peak passenger year of 1912, over 62,000 fares . . . — Map (db m60535) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Luis Obispo — 11 — Presbyterian Church|
|Built in 1905 using granite rock from Bishops Peak. Second peak in San Luis Obispo County's row of majestic mountains ending with beautiful Morro Rock. This local rock can be seen in several structures along the Path of History.
Historic Plaque No. XI Placed by the
San Luis Obispo County Historical Society. — Map (db m16473) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Luis Obispo — 12 — San Luis Obispo Creek|
|Creek rises up in Cuesta Canyon and is joined by a creek from Reservoir Canyon. It meanders through the city until its (sic) covered by business buildings. It reappears at Mission Plaza. It was the first source of water for the mission. It flows into Pacific Ocean at Avila Beach.
Historic Plaque Number XII place by the San Luis Obispo County Historical Society — Map (db m70044) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Luis Obispo — San Luis Obispo Sesquicentennial — 1856 – 2006|
| First founded by Spanish missionary Father Junipero Serra on September 1, 1772, this dusty mission town of San Luis Obispo was incorporated as general law city on February 19, 1856.
Today, the City of San Luis Obispo serves as the commercial, governmental and cultural hub of San Luis Obispo County. This plaque was dedicated on October 21, 2006 by the Native Sons of the Golden West in recognition of San Luis Obispo’s achievements and to celebrate its 150-year anniversary.
Dedicated . . . — Map (db m70041) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Luis Obispo — 802 — Site of Ah Louis Store|
|Here in 1874 was established Ah Louis Store. The first Chinese store in the county, it sold general merchandise and herbs and served as a bank counting house and post office for the numerous Chinese coolies who dug the eight tunnels through the mountains of Cuesta for the Southern Pacific Railroad, 1884 to 1894. — Map (db m16369) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Luis Obispo — Site of First County Court House|
|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 — Map (db m16560) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Luis Obispo — Southern Pacific Water Tower — Historic Restoration Project|
|The historic Southern Pacific Water Tower is located directly across the tracks from where you are standing. It looks much as it did when built in 1940 at a cost of $2,130. The Water Tower is located in it original position, across from the City’s “new” Mission-style railroad depot built during World War II. The Water Tower was built to save time during train stops in San Luis Obispo. At that time, up to 10 passenger trains per day stopped in San Luis Obispo, and steam locomotives . . . — Map (db m70050) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Luis Obispo — The Old Powerhouse|
|The old powerhouse was built in 1908, and is the oldest building on the Cal Poly campus. It utilized student labor in its construction, thus embodying “learn by doing”. From 1910 to 1940 it supplied all of the electricity and stream heat for the campus. Most recently this building was occupied by the School of Architecture and Environmental Design.
It was abandoned in 1990.
On May 7, 1993, the old powerhouse was accepted to the National Register of Historic Places. — Map (db m38456) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Luis Obispo — The Ramona Hotel Depot|
|The Ramona Depot
In March of 1896, the Southern Pacific Railroad officially declared that the Ramona Hotel will be an eating station for passengers heading north and south. ”It is expected that within a few days tickets can be purchased from the Ramona station and baggage checked from the same point. The station building has been completed several days...so that the station may present an attractive appearance to strangers”. San Luis Obispo Morning Tribune 1896). . . . — Map (db m38457) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Miguel — Cross of El Camino Real|
|El Camino Real, the Royal Highway, connected the California missions. At the beginning it was a trail, and a cross carved into the bark of trees showed the right path. This was such a tree, and the cross was lost until the day the tree fell (near Paso Robles), and the cross was found on the inside. — Map (db m64680) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Miguel — Elkhorn Saloon — Established 1853|
|On land expropriated from San Miguel Mission, at the site of an adobe frequented by Frank and Jesse James, the first saloon in San Luis Obispo County opened its doors here on December 5, 1853. In its heyday, the Elkhorn Saloon often earned over $1000 a day serving 10¢ drinks to the insatiable soldiers of Camp Roberts. E Clampus Vitus celebrates 150 years of continuous patronage by friars, liars, drinkers and thinkers. — Map (db m59926) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Miguel — Fr. Fidelis Wieland, O.F.M|
|This Bell Tower is erected
In memory of
Fr. Fidelis Wieland, O.F.M.
Former Superior of
Old Mission San Miguel
United States Navy Chaplain
Killed in Action
World War II — Map (db m64678) WM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Miguel — Lt. Col. John C. Fremont|
|Lt. Col. John C. Fremont
and his 430 American volunteers camped on this hill December 10 - 11, 1846 and took the Mission San Miguel.
Fremont's march from San Juan Bautista to San Fernando brought about the Cahuenga Capitulation January 13, 1847, ending the Mexican War in California. — Map (db m59991) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Miguel — Mission Cemetery|
|The first burial of a Christian Indian took place in this mission cemetery on March 17, 1798, as appears from the records still preserved at the mission. In the following years over two thousand Indians were laid to rest here and in adjoining plots. — Map (db m65002) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Miguel — Mission Fields|
|On Aug. 27, 1795, Padre Buenaventura Sitjar reported to Padre Fermin de Lasuen, Presidente of the California Missions, that the low land on both sides of the river at the proposed site of Mission San Miguel was sufficient to grow 300 fanegas of wheat. After the founding of the mission on July 25, 1797, this tract became one of the first wheat fields in California. 4700 bushels of wheat were harvested in 1800. This tract lies east of the mission. — Map (db m64681) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Miguel — 326 — Mission San Miguel Arcangel|
|Selecting this site because of the great number of Salinan Indians living hereabout. Fray Fermin Francisco de Lasuen, O.F.M., second president of the California Missions. Founded San Miguel Archangel on July 25,1797. The sixteenth in a chain of twenty-one Franciscan Missions. Its influence has played not only upon the native population but upon the history of California as whole. — Map (db m64948) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Miguel — Original Site Of San Miguel School|
|Original Site of San Miguel School
1888 - 1950
Donated by the citizens of San Miguel
Designed by Bunn H. Turnbow — Map (db m60355) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Miguel — 936 — Rios-Caledonia Adobe|
|This imposing building is an excellent example of California Mexican Era architecture. Using Indian labor, Petronilo Rios built the two-story Adobe about 1846 as his residence and headquarters for sheep and cattle operations. Named "Caledonia" in the 1860's it served as a hotel and stage stop between Los Angeles and San Francisco until 1886. Restoration began in 1968 by the Friends of the Adobes. — Map (db m68935) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Miguel — San Miguel Cemetery District|
|On October 18, 1886 the railroad arrived at the lands of Mission San Miguel. The railroad provided transportation to take San Miguel cattle and produce to market, it also provided lumber and store goods to fuel the expanding population. The township required a new cemetery which was accommodated by this site. Ella Montgomery was the first internment which occurred July 8, 1875. After 64 years of use the San Miguel Cemetery District was officially formed June 19, 1939. The graveyard was laid out . . . — Map (db m59835) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Simeon — 640 — Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument — Hearst Castle|
|Here, on the historic Piedra Blanca Rancho, William Randolph Hearst created La Cuesta Encantada (The Enchanted Hill), including La Casa Grande and adjacent buildings. With their rare art treasures and beautiful gardens. 1919-1947
Presented to the State of California in 1958 by the Hearst Corporation as a memorial to William Randolph Hearst and donated in the name of his mother, Phoebe Apperson Hearst. — Map (db m68492) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), San Simeon — 726 — Sebastian Store|
|This is the oldest store building along the north coast of San Luis Obispo County. Built in 1852 at Whaling Point, one half mile westward, it was moved in 1878 to its present location. Operated by the Sebastian family for half century, it is now owned and operated by J.C. and Louise Sebastian. — Map (db m50544) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Shandon — Lee Tucker Pool|
|Dedicated April 6, 1946
to the memory of
Lt. Lee E. Tucker U.S.A
Born in Shandon Nov. 25, 1915
Killed in action in Italy
April 17, 1945 — Map (db m67947) WM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Templeton — Bethel Lutheran Church — Historic Templeton|
|On July 27th, 1887, when Templeton was less than one year old, the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Bethel Church, now called Bethel Lutheran was born. It was organized by Dr. Jelleen of San Francisco with 20 charter members.
The church building was completed in the fall of 1891. The church building was completed in the fall of 1891. The church bell was added in 1906. The stained glass windows are a more recent addition, being completed in 1986. This building is believed to be the oldest . . . — Map (db m38542) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Templeton — First Presbyterian Church — 1887 – 1987 — Historic Templeton|
|Building dedicated November 11, 1888
Regular services began in Templeton February 6, 1887. Three months later on May 8, 1887, the First Presbyterian Church was organized by the Presbytery of San Jose with the Reverend Francis H. Robinson installed as Pastor. In 1907 the church was transferred to the Presbytery of Santa Barbara.
The West Coast Land Company gave the money for purchase of this property for the church. The original structure, built in 1888 entirely of redwood, is in an . . . — Map (db m38551) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Templeton — In Memoriam — World War Two 1941 - 1945|
|*Fred Barger Charles Eddy Elmer Hagerman Barry Luther Peter Pesenti *Charles Vaca *David Vaca *Killed in Action *Norman Hoover — Map (db m67868) WM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Templeton — Museum Property / Horstman House|
Formerly the site of a plumbing shop and lumber yard, the museum property was donated to the Templeton Historical Museum Society by Al and Carla Willholt in 1988
Built circa 1920 at the corner of Sixth and Main streets, the Albert R. Horstman house was donated to the Templeton Historical Museum Society by the First Presbyterian Church of Templeton in 1994. — Map (db m38602) HM|
|California (San Luis Obispo County), Templeton — Templeton Carriage Works — Historic Templeton|
|The Templeton Carriage Works Building was originally built
in 1898 as a photography studio and residence for A.W. Petterson, an early Templeton photographer who recorded much of the local early days.
In 1905 it was moved from its original location near the Lutheran Church on County Road to its present site ar 412 Main Street where it has been used as a grocery store, dry goods store, saloon and hotel.
Perhaps as the “Central Hotel” this two story wooden building saw its . . . — Map (db m38603) HM|