Dozens of spectators watch efforts to contain a fire at the Union Oil tank farm in Avila Beach in January 1908.
Dozens of spectators watch efforts to contain a fire at the Union Oil tank farm in Avila Beach in January 1908. Frank C. Aston San Luis Obispo County History Center
Dozens of spectators watch efforts to contain a fire at the Union Oil tank farm in Avila Beach in January 1908. Frank C. Aston San Luis Obispo County History Center

110 years ago, the oil tank farm in Avila exploded. It was heard all the way in SLO

February 02, 2018 04:02 PM

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David Middlecamp

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Photographer David Middlecamp has been delving into The Tribune's archives to share historical photos and articles about the Central Coast with readers since 2007. Reach him at dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com .