Times Past

March 29, 2014

Immigrants moved from whaling to dairies in 19th century San Luis Obispo

When rains resumed after the Great Drought of the 1860s, dairy farms prospered. But who would milk and attend to the cows? Portuguese whalers and Swiss Italian farmers looking for a new livelihood.

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About Dan Krieger

Dan Krieger

Dan Krieger is a professor emeritus of history at Cal Poly and past president of the California Mission Studies Association.