Photos from the Vault

May 12, 2014

Gas street lamps lit SLO streets until 1940s

As late as April 1941, San Luis Obispo still had a lamplighter on the payroll. The city had the dubious distinction of being one of the last U.S. cities to snuff out gas street lamps.

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David Middlecamp


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 .