San Luis Obispo was once a town built of mud but retains only a few of its adobes, largely following our main arroyo. We’ll visit these buildings, painstakingly constructed from the 1780s to the 1940s, and find out why they were built and how they were adapted, preserved, and lived in for our whole modern history.

They are connected, in myth, with some of the legendary figures of California, but we’ll debunk who really bunked in them and explore the real lives of their owners: people like ranchera Rosa Butrón; Walter Murray, leader of the Vigilance Committee and founder of the Tribune; and Pierre Dallidet, founder of the county’s world famous wine industry.