Ghosts of San Luis

Ghosts of San Luis

Take an evening walk through the ghostlore of the city. Stop where figures have been seen and voices heard from the distant past, where objects have been moved by hands unknown, where tragedies and traumas remain unresolved. Powered by...
Love for Sale

Love for Sale

Visit SLO’s historic red light districts, from Tiger Town to Frog Hollow. Along the way, meet their colorful amazons and denizenitas, like Lizzie Darling, and Victoria Duchi, and find out how the demi monde survived the Old West and modern SLO. Powered by...
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...
Rise of a Railroad Town

Rise of a Railroad Town

Railroads were the United States’ key technology in the nineteenth century, able to move food, energy, and materials within our huge land mass. Once San Luis Obispo was no longer in the business of saving souls, it needed a way to get goods in and out, and that need...
Victorian Houses, Wild West Lives

Victorian Houses, Wild West Lives

San Luis Obispo transformed in the 1870s, when the new Pacific Coast Railway made redwood transported by coastal schooners easily available here. Wood fantasies in the Gothic, Italianate, Romanesque, Stick, Eastlake, Aesthetic, and Queen Anne styles popped up; exotic...
Badass Women of San Luis Obispo

Badass Women of San Luis Obispo

In a Wild West dominated by waves of male immigrants fighting for wealth and political domination, women had an outsize role in struggling to make San Luis Obispo a place of culture and social cohesion. These were women to be reckoned with. Frances Margaret Milne, our...