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.
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.
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.
The holiday season can be stressful, especially for people mourning lost loved ones. San Luis Obispo County, California, has a crisis, suicide prevention and mental health help hotline that’s free and confidential.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wonder why Cal Poly rock concerts are usually inside? Ask the Marshall Tucker Band. The classic rock band’s 1977 show may not have been Woodstock, but it might have been the loudest ever to play on the San Luis Obisop campus.
Morro Bay, California, resident Lynwood Drake III went on a shooting rampage in SLO County in the 1990s, killing six people and injuring two victims. A San Miguel woman described how she survived the attack.
The luxury Andrews Hotel, built in 1885, was the jewel of downtown San Luis Obispo. It was the most expensive building between Paso Robles and Santa Barbara — and it was destroyed by fire in just 3 hours.