Coast County Directory, 1884-1885

Coast County Directory (San Luis Obispo County section only) giving names, occupations and residence of all adult persons in the cities and towns, together with the names of farmers, stock raisers, millmen, fruit growers, wool growers, and wine manufacturers, with...

New Leaders Join History Center Board

Five new members were elected to the History Center Board of Directors at our Annual Meeting in May 2017: John Ashbaugh, Bill McCarthy, Zach McKiernan, Bill McQuilkin, and Phil Tillman. These new leaders bring a wealth of talent and enthusiasm, including professional...
Early SLO Snippet Compendium

Early SLO Snippet Compendium

The following items form a compendium of “snippets”(1-3) – each of them being an edited excerpt(4) from a contemporary, primarily first-person, account relating to the history of the immediate area of Town of San Luis Obispo, CA. The objective has been to provide a...
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

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.

Woolen Mills Chinatown of San Jose

Woolen Mills Chinatown of San Jose

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.