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.
San Luis Obispo County, California, high school student athletes worked at Central Coast farms in the 1960s when the Bracero program that allowed the United States to import agriculture labor from Mexico ended.
From the earliest days, newspapers like The Tribune in San Luis Obispo, California, have asked readers to subscribe to support their journalism mission. It’s more important today with competition for advertising.
Boomboxes, portable music players used for cassette tapes, CDs and radio, are now popular with antiques collectors and audio fans. Here’s a look back at the technology in San Luis Obispo County, California.
A new blimp owned by tire manufacturer Goodyear stopped at the San Luis Obispo County, California, Regional Airport in 1975 on its way to Oakland. The pilot of the airship offered free rides for passengers.
Homeless shelter history in San Luis Obispo County, California: SLO County’s first shelter, Zedakah House, was a bus that drove riders from Mitchell Park to El Chorro Regional Park and Campground in the 1980s.
Pismo Beach, California, has celebrated the Fourth of July with an Independence Day fireworks show for more than a century. Here's a behind the scenes look at the San Luis Obispo County city's July 4th pyrotechnics display and its history.
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.