Historic Downtown San Luis Obispo Walking Tour

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Step back into history as you tour the historic downtown of San Luis Obispo. The tour is comprised of audio and visuals that will guide you to each stop and introduce you to characters from the past. The tour takes approximately an 1 ½ hrs to complete.

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http://www.historycenterslo.org
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Step back into history as you tour the historic downtown of San Luis Obispo. The tour is comprised of audio and visuals that will guide you to each stop and introduce you to characters from the past. The tour takes approximately an 1 ½ hrs to complete.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2011-06-22 23:20
last episode published
2010-11-15 05:17
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The History Center of SLO County author  
History Center of San Luis Obispo County owner  
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Number of Episodes
26
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Episodes

Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
15.11.2010

Chapter 1 - Introduction and Carnegie Library

his is the beginning of the tour which starts in front of the beautiful Carnegie Library building now home to the History Center. Built in 1906, it is one of the oldest buildings in the city.
The History Center of SLO County author
15.11.2010

Chapter 2 - Murray Adobe

Learn the mystery behind this small adobe building.
The History Center of SLO County author
15.11.2010

Chapter 3 – Mission San Luis Obispo Chapter 3 – Mission SLO Chapter 3 - Mission San Luis Obispo

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is the oldest building in our city. Learn about how the mission first got started and the friars who made it all happen. Get information on how the mission has been used as a city hall and a jail at one time.
The History Center of SLO County author
15.11.2010

Chapter 4 - Mission Plaza

Take a load off in our beautiful plaza and learn how it used to be part of highway 101. Hear about runaway trucks and how they used to crash into buildings near the mission. Learn about how the plaza came to be and how it almost didn’t happen.
The History Center of SLO County author
15.11.2010

Chapter 5 - Sinsheimer

Stop outside the historic cast iron façade and learn about one of the oldest general stores in the city and the family that started it.
The History Center of SLO County author
15.11.2010

Chapter 6 - Muzios

This is a multicultural stop highlighting a Swiss-Italian general store known as Muzio’s and a German bakery known as the Sauer Bakery.
The History Center of SLO County author
15.11.2010

Chapter 7 - Rose Alley

Take a tour of a place that most locals have never explored! It’s called Rose Alley named for the roses that used to line the alley way. The tour will lead you down the alley and you will feel as though you’ve stepped back into the past.
The History Center of SLO County author
15.11.2010

Chapter 8 - JP Andrews Building

This chapter will introduce you to J.P. Andrews, one of the savviest business men in San Luis Obispo’s history.
The History Center of SLO County author
15.11.2010

Chapter 9 - Old County Courthouse

This courthouse was built on land donated by JP Andrews back in the mid-1800s. The first courthouse, built in 1873, was demolished by Alex Madonna in 1939 and there is a great story of how he got the job.
The History Center of SLO County author
15.11.2010

Chapter 10 - Freemont Theater

The Fremont theater is a classic example of 1942 design based on Art Deco. It was designed by architect S. Charles who was inspired by the elegant ocean liners of the time. It opened on Memorial Day in 1942, just 5 months after the US entered WWII.
The History Center of SLO County author
15.11.2010

Chapter 11 - Obispo Theater/Loobliner& Schwartz Building

This stop will show you what only exists in memory. The Obispo Theater was lost in a tragic fire in the 1970s. The Loobliner building was demolished in 2004.
The History Center of SLO County author
15.11.2010

Chapter 12 - Higuera Street

Hear about the Higuera family who the street is named for. Stroll down the well-known street and see photos of businesses from the past. Hear about the first fire station in the city’s history and the jail cells that still exist.
The History Center of SLO County author
15.11.2010

Chapter 13 - Wineman Hotel

The Wineman hotel was starting by George Wineman in 1930. The hotel symbol came from the brand used on the family ranch. See photos of the building’s transformation over the years and learn about the recent restoration.
The History Center of SLO County author
15.11.2010

Chapter 14 - Tower Building

Known interchangeably as the Tower Building or the HM Warden, Jr. this beautiful building was built by local businessman Horatio Moore Warden in 1904. There used to be fine clock tower here but it was removed after an earthquake hit Santa Barbara in 19...
The History Center of SLO County author
15.11.2010

Chapter 15 - Johnson Block Building

This building was built by the first mayor of San Luis Obispo, Charles H. Johnson. Once the site of an olive tree planted by the Mission fathers, it later became the site of the Olive Branch Saloon in the 1880s.
The History Center of SLO County author
15.11.2010

Chapter 16 - Maino Building/Tank Farm Fire

top and meet Joe Maino and his family. Hear how Italian native Joe mastered carpentry and travelled the world before starting his construction business in SLO. Hear the story of one of their largest construction projects: the Union Oil holding tanks.
San Luis Obispo Historic Walking Tours author
15.11.2010

Chapter 17 - Warden Block

Another beautiful building made possible by H.M. Warden. Build in 1898, six years before the Tower Building. Three wooden buildings were moved to Garden Street to make way for this building.
The History Center of SLO County author
15.11.2010

Chapter 18 - Bubble Gum Alley

Stop by the iconic Bubble Gum alley. Hear the local legend behind how it all got started and add your own gum art to the wall.
The History Center of SLO County author
15.11.2010

Chapter 19 - Creek Walk

Take a leisurely stroll along the creek and learn about how the stream once functioned as the city sewer. Through a community effort, the pristine stream now serves as habitat to steelhead trout.
The History Center of SLO County author
15.11.2010

Chapter 20 - Children's Museum

Visit the Children’s museum and hear how it came to be and take a spin with the solar sunflower.
The History Center of SLO County author
15.11.2010

Chapter 21 - The Creamery

Stop by the Creamery and hear the area’s long dairy history. With an influx of Swiss-Italian immigrants, the coastal areas of this county provided pasture for many a dairy cow.
The History Center of SLO County author
15.11.2010

Chapter 22 - Soda Water Works

This building is more than meets the eye. Built in the image of the original building, this was the site of San Luis Obispo’s own soda works. Lemon and strawberry were just a few of the flavored sodas produced here.
The History Center of SLO County author
15.11.2010

Chapter 23 - Harmony Valley Creamery

The Harmony Valley Creamery was one of a few sites that this dairy cooperative established. The outpost in Harmony was often frequented by W.R. Hearst and his movie star entourage.
The History Center of SLO County author
15.11.2010

Chapter 24 - Hays/Latimer/Leitcher Adobe

This charming adobe was home to one of the first doctors in San Luis Obispo, Dr. Hays. However, the garden is credited to the Leitcher family that currently owns the adobe.
The History Center of SLO County author
15.11.2010

Chapter 25 - SLO Museum of Art

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The History Center of SLO County author
15.11.2010

Chapter 26 - Credits

Project Credits
The History Center of SLO County author