San Luis Obispo in San Luis Obispo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Ramona Hotel Depot
This depot is all that remained after the 1905 fire that destroyed the Ramona Hotel. Homes on Palm Street can be seen in the background. The Ramona Depot was donated to the Dallidet Gardens by Life Members of the San Luis Obispo County Historical Society Robert and Elizabeth Leitcher.
The San Luis Obispo Horse-drawn Streetcar is on permanent loan from the George Bell Family.
Soon to be mayor and supervisor, Frank C. Mitchell, was responsible for the masonry on the elaborate four-story Victorian hotel. The Ramona Hotel encompassed an entire block between Marsh, Johnson, Higuera and Pepper Streets and was constructed in anticipation of the proposed arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad coming to San Luis Obispo. Between San Luis Obispo and Santa Margarita, five stations were put in by the SP Company; the highest point was Cuesta, then Serrano, Goldtree, Hathaway Avenue and the Ramona Hotel. A switch was constructed from the main track to the rear of the Ramona Hotel for the convenience of the passengers before the tracks were completed to the main depot. The side track behind the Ramona Hotel was hardly in place when the special
Unfortunately, the hotel closed at the end of the year due to the “considerable deficits” that had occurred. The Ramona Hotel reopened the following June under a lease management arrangement. It held local meetings, public amusements and ball games on the grounds. Never a financial success, the Ramona Hotel finally burned to the ground on November 19, 1905.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 35° 16.858′ N, 120° 39.41′ W. Marker is in San Luis Obispo, California, in San Luis Obispo County. Marker can be reached from Pacific Street, on the right. The marker and depot are located on the grounds of the Dallidet Adobe Gardens. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1185 Pacific Street, San Luis Obispo CA 93401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dallidet Adobe (within shouting distance of this marker); San Luis Obispo Creek (within shouting distance of this marker); Presbyterian Church (approx. ¼ mile away); J. P. Andrews Building (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of First County Court House (approx. ¼ mile away); San Luis Obispo Sesquicentennial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Southern Pacific Water Tower (approx. 0.3 miles away); General John C. Fremont (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Luis Obispo.
Also see . . . The Ramona Hotel. A collection of vintage photos of the hotel. (Submitted on November 27, 2010.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 27, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 863 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on November 27, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.