SLO Ethnic Enclaves

SLO Ethnic Enclaves

Join architectural historian James Papp for a 2-hour walking tour through downtown San Luis Obispo. Explore the history, the personalities, and the remaining buildings of San Luis Obispo’s racial enclaves and cultural communities, from Chinatown to the...
Ghosts of San Luis

Ghosts of San Luis

Book Now As of 3/11/19, March tickets for all Ghosts of San Luis Walking Tours are completely sold out. April dates are now available. Thanks for your understanding! Take an evening walk through the ghostlore of the city. Stop where figures have been seen and voices...
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.
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...