Towns in California were built around the railroad and San Luis Obispo is no exception. Chinese immigrants did much of the hard labor on the rails and there is a rich Chinese history in SLO. In the 1910’s and 20’s, Sears actually shipped by rail houses (bungalows) and many found their way to SLO. The neighborhoods here are filled with Victorians and bungalows and I will be showing them off in the coming weeks and months, as well as other historical buildings, art and monuments.
SLO or San Luis Obispo is “on the map,” so to speak, because of national publications and being hailed as “The Happiest Town in North America” a few years back. Yet, many cars continue to pass up SLO on Highway 101, heading to metropolitan Los Angeles or San Francisco, not knowing or seeing the treasures just off the freeway. SLO is worth a stop and I’ll show you why.