The Tribune, a newspaper in San Luis Obispo, California, is moving to a new building. As story archives shrink, photographer David Middlecamp unearths a library of articles from the history of the publication.
A horn installed by the San Luis Obispo, California, Fire Department was used to call firefighters and warn of enemy planes during World War II. The siren, named after a Disney movie, was sold in the 1950s.
Logos for the San Luis Obispo County, California, government have changed four times since the 1800s. The new official symbol no longer features bears, stars, Morro Rock, Mission SLO or the Carrizo Plain.
Snow, hail and icy rain hit San Luis Obispo County, California, as a storm swept the Central Coast in 1976, closing Highway 101 to traffic on the Cuesta Grade. Wet weather caused car crashes and power outages.
In 1988, Cal Poly police discovered thousands of books stolen from libraries by onetime Morro Bay author Gustav Hasford, who co-wrote the screenplay for Full Metal Jacket, which was based on his novel.
Women’s rights activist Susan B Anthony spoke about the right to vote in San Luis Obispo, California, in 1896. The suffragette spoke 120 years before the SLO Women’s March protest and rally at Mitchell Park.
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.
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.