Ghosts of Christmas Past

Ghosts of Christmas Past

Learn the history of Christmas, as well as the strange story of how it was celebrated in Old San Luis, as you stroll the holiday-bedecked streets. Find out how Jewish, Chinese, and Anglo merchants all played a part; where we got Christmas trees in this arid climate;...
SLO, the SP, 101, and the Beats

SLO, the SP, 101, and the Beats

Jami Cassady at Secret SLO holding her mother Carolyn’s 1991 painting of Jack Kerouac, based on a 1952 photograph taken shortly before Kerouac’s stay in San Luis Obispo Jack Kerouac’s original 1951 scroll of On the Road, 120 typewritten feet, mentions San Luis Obispo...
Queenie Warden Bridge Dedicated Downtown

Queenie Warden Bridge Dedicated Downtown

On Friday, August 24, the city dedicated a plaque to Queenie Parr Warden, who in 1917, six years after women gained the vote in California, became the first woman to run for mayor of San Luis Obispo. The dedication is on the bridge built by and named for Queenie...
Mission to Mosque

Mission to Mosque

Trace two centuries of sacred architecture and religious communities—Christian, Jewish, and Muslim—from the Mission San Luis Obispo (1793) to the Mosque of Nasreen (2008). Find out how to interpret the visual symbols and learn about the lives of the...
Modern Masters of Architecture

Modern Masters of Architecture

Little San Luis, equidistant between San Francisco and Los Angeles, attracted some of the best architects from both, who gave us some of their most unusual work. Greek and Roman Revival interpreted through Streamline Moderne, Colonial Revival in stucco and tile, and...