Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, California, was going to be the West Coast launch site for the NASA space shuttle program in the 1980s. But the Challenger disaster ended those plans before launches could occur.
The poetry of then 16-year-old Rita Marie Goehner of San Luis Obispo, California, who died tragically in a car crash, reminds us to reject bullying and embrace our differences, writes Times Past columnist Dan Krieger.
Cholame, California, restaurant owners Ed and Stella Randall had four family members killed in a church van crash near Lemoore in the 1980s. So they sought strength from the pastor of their Avenal church.
A Cuesta College teacher in San Luis Obispo, California, invited a state Ku Klux Klan leader to speak to students in the 1980s, sparking community outcry. A rabbi, minister and Cal Poly administrator later spoke.
Bungee jumping in San Luis Obispo County, California, went from a covert activity at Central Coast bridges to a sanctioned sport at the Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles in the 1990s. Here’s a look at the early days.
Mission San Antonio, called “the mission in the Sierras,” is the most remote of all of California’s chain of 21 Franciscan missions and carries a historic ghost story from a grisly mass murder in the 18040s, writes Times Past columnist Dan Krieger.
Where do San Luis Obispo, California, residents, get their water from? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built a mile-long tunnel from Santa Margarita Lake under the Santa Lucia mountain range during World War II.
Reports of shadowy figures alongside rural roads on a foggy night, moaning or flashing lights inside or outside an old building and cold spots in Mission San Miguel are what Times Past columnist Dan Krieger calls the “Ghostly History of the Central Coast.”
Ghost stories abound in San Luis Obispo County, California, a legacy of its Wild West history. Here are the most haunted places in SLO County, including Mission San Miguel, Paso Robles Inn and Dana Adobe in Nipomo.
Measure G would ban drilling new oil wells and fracking in San Luis Obispo County, California, if passed in the Nov. 2018 election. Here’s a look at the history of oil industry production on the Central Coast.
The tragic earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia a reminder of when something similar happened on the Central Coast in December 1812, which destroyed a number of the missions within 100 miles of the epicenter, writes Times Past columnist Dan Krieger.
San Luis Obispo, California, car wash The Auto Laundry was a fixture on Higuera Street in the 1970s. Owner Aquire “Johnny” Johnson offered vehicle washing, waxing and detailing at the SLO business for 26 years.
Alice Eto Sumida, a child of San Luis Obispo during the tumultuous times of World War II when Japanese residents were persecuted following the attack on Pearl Harbor, died in Portland, Oregon, at the age of 104.
Movie star James Dean died in a car crash near Paso Robles, California, on Sept. 30, 1955. You can find coroner’s report into his death at San Luis Obispo Superior Court and get a copy of the document.
After movie star James Dean died in a car crash near Paso Robles, California, on Sept. 30, 1955, Japanese businessman Seita Ohnishi built a memorial to the Hollywood icon. Here’s the secret story behind its design.
The Morro Bay Martime Musuem will celebrate its grand opening Saturday, Sept. 29. The museum offers displays of the Central Coast’s role in World War II, among other aspects of the town’s rich maritme history.
Cal Poly SLO founder, newspaper editor and history book author Myron Angel tried many get rich quick schemes. The San Luis Obispo, California, polytechnic university, established in 1901, was his greatest success.