Monthly Archives: April 2011

The wide open spaces of the Carrizo

Off San Diego Creek near the southern end of the Carrizo Plains rests this rusting plow that shelters wild grasses from the north winds that scour the flat terrain. June 16, 1988 © Richard Palmer/The Tribune. You know a place … Continue reading

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Fire department catches fire

San Luis Obispo city hall circa 1938 on Higuera street where Charles Shoes is today. ©The Tribune Top five signs your fire department needs an overhaul. 1. Fire department catches fire. 2. No hydrant wrench on truck to turn on … Continue reading

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San Luis Obispo builds a City Hall on Higuera Street

San Luis Obispo city hall circa 1938 on Higuera street where Charles Shoes is today. ©The Tribune If you are transported back in time, hope you don't have a cell number. That was a bad thing in 1878. Today Charles … Continue reading

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Vetville at Cal Poly

Aerial photo of Cal Poly shows the Dexter building as the newest on campus, circa 1948. Please post a comment if you have a better estimate of the date. The undated aerial photograph above, of Cal Poly could have been … Continue reading

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Julian McPhee University Union Plaza, 1978

And it rains…and the overflow oozes over steps of Cal Poly's McPhee University Union, as a student holds an umbrella against the sky…and the rain table nears 50 inches.©Thom Halls/The Tribune 4-24-1978 When I came to Cal Poly the University … Continue reading

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Lumber liquidators storm the beach, Elg runs aground

San Luis Obispo Daily Telegram September 13-1938 Times were tough. The Great Depression dragged into its 9th year as war clouds were gathering in Europe. Many folks were barely hanging on. When the ship Norwegian Elg ran aground in heavy … Continue reading

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The story of the Poly Royal Queen from Long Beach State

Poly Royal queen for 1955 was Nedra Prouse from Long Beach State College. She was the last "borrowed" queen before women were allowed back into Cal Poly. ©The Tribune It would be unthinkable today but the last time Cal Poly … Continue reading

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Drawings of new atomic plant at Diablo Canyon

Artist rendering of proposed Diablo Canyon powerplant from 1968. ©The Tribune This item ran with the rendering shown above in the June 12, 1968 edition of the then Telegram-Tribune. At some points in the process as many as six nuclear … Continue reading

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Union Oil meets Horse and Buggy

From the July 19, 1907 Telegram. An ad for Union Oil Co. of California and buggies. The past and the future converged on the pages of the July 19, 1907 Telegram. At this point gasoline was an unpleasant byproduct of … Continue reading

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Last call for Ferdinand the fire horn

Ferdinand the fire horn is retired and the 100 foot tall tower is dismantled at the San Luis Obispo fire house. ©The Tribune 12-5-1965 From the December 2, 1965 front page of the then Telegram-Tribune: Fire horn Ferdinand is retired … Continue reading

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