A San Luis Obispo, California, rain storm led to a record flood that closed roads and damaged houses, cars and mobile homes in January 1973. It raised water levels in Laguna Lake, SLO Creek and Stenner Creek.
The Central Coast of California saw elephant seals return to local beaches in the 1990s. The Piedras Blancas rookery off Highway 1 near San Simeon at the lighthouse is the best place to see marine animals.
San Luis Obispo, California, department store Rileys opened in downtown SLO in the 1880s and closed in the 1990s. The Chorro Street business saw changes in fashions and retail trends over a century of shopping.
Avila Beach, California, is home to hundreds of rock cairns stacked on a stretch of sand near a bluff. The stones were put there by a local man and are popular with visitors and tourists on the Central Coast.
Elaborate Christmas celebrations in San Luis Obispo County, California, at Mission San Luis Obispo and Santa Margarita de Cortona have certainly changed over history, writes TImes Past columnist Dan Krieger.
A rare snow storm closed the Cuesta Grade just north of San Luis Obispo, California, in the early 1990s. The storm virtually cut the county off from the outside world, The Tribune reported at the time.
President Jimmy Carter took a California trip in the 1970s that included stops in Los Angeles and Fresno. Here’s a behind the scenes look at his visit to a San Joaquin Valley farm to talk about drought.
A runaway semi truck swerved off Highway 101 near the base of Cuesta Grade at Stagecoach Road in San Luis Obispo, California, killing the driver and smashing an apartment, office and tree in the 1980s.
Farmed architect Julia Morgan warned against overhead power lines in the aftermath of the 1925 Santa Barbara earthquake and fires. Not much has changed in California, writes Times Past columnists Liz and Dan Krieger.
San Luis Obispo County, California, union employees plan to strike in December 2018 for better pay and benefits. Southern Pacific railroad engineers went on strike in SLO in the 1980s to preserve worker rights.
A life in science can’t begin early enough and should continue as long as possible, writes Times Past columnist Dan Krieger, citing the example of a young Neil deGrasse Tyson inspired to become an astrophysicist.