I’d like to begin with some general comments on the practice of history, then broad brush how SLO women gained the vote, and finely close the story closer to home by telling you a little about Cambria’s first women voters.
Aunt Susan Meets the Rampant Suffragist of Crown Hill; Or, How Outside Agitators and Uppity Locals Conspired to Win SLO Women the Vote in 1896
I recalled from general reading that Susan B. Anthony had spearheaded an unsuccessful California woman suffrage campaign in 1896, so I checked the SLO county election returns. There I discovered that while suffrage had lost state-wide by a narrow margin, it had passed in backwater SLO by 54%. The obvious question was how come? I didn’t know the answer, and apart from election tallies and local newspaper accounts the local sources seemed pretty thin.
Most of us know these Christmas classics by heart. They are etched in our memories, and rank near the top of all-time favorite Christmas songs. Collectively they suggest
This tour guide is a sampler of places and structures that will lead you to interesting destinations, routing you through a rich variety of rural landscapes along the way.
“The ordinary tourist in this state sees little outside the beaten track . . . But there are ‘high ways and by ways’ . . “
New construction designed to increase the safety of travel along a 24-mile stretch of Highway 46 in San Luis Obispo County prompted Caltrans Historian Robert Pavlik to focus on the small community of Whitley Gardens and the monument to the iconic rebel James Dean.
The Guadalupe Parkway in San Jose, constructed in the 1960s, near the former Woolen Mills Chinatown was proposed for upgrading in the 1990s. This afforded an opportunity for Caltrans archaeologists and historians to tell the story of the Woolen Mills Chinatown. In this essay, Caltrans Historical Archaeologist Anmarie Medin elucidates the history of a people for whom few English language records are available.