Category Archive: Readers Remember

Jun 08

Witness to the Golden Gate Bridge opening

Woody Frey walked on the Golden Gate Bridge the day it opened. ©David Middlecamp/The Tribune

A recent story in the Tribune brought back memories for Woody Frey. He was 6 when the Golden Gate bridge was dedicated 75 years ago on May 27, 1937. Pedestrians were given the first day on the span. He is standing at the front right of this San Francisco Chronicle photo. He moved to California …

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Mar 23

A guest post from the author of “Nipomo and Los Berros”, Doug Jenzen

Pacific Coast Railroad station in Nipomo. The narrow gauge predated the Southern Pacific. Photo courtesy Doug Jenzen

Author Doug Jenzen has generously agreed to share with Vault readers an introduction to his new book on the South County. He will be at a book signing at the Dana Adobe Saturday, March 24. He is donating all the book royalties to restoration of the historic structure. (The automated watermark incorrectly says these are …

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Jan 09

Guy Crabb author of San Luis Obispo: 100 Years of Downtown Businesses: The Cross Streets


Guy Crabb, a teacher of the year for San Luis Coastal School District, and history author has published the third book in his series on downtown San Luis Obispo. The latest book covers the cross streets connecting the longer commercial streets of Higuera, Monterey and Marsh. One of the stories in the new book recalls …

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May 13

Delite Bakery

Delite Bakery circa 1950s photo courtesy Janice (Putnam) Reichert. Janice (Putnam) Reichert recently wrote in to share her photo and memories of Delite Bakery. My mother worked there for many, many years. As a matter of fact she came up with the name for the bakery and the unique spelling. I was just a baby …

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Nov 15

Higuera Street postcard

Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo from postcard

Blake Andrews shared this post card of Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo. I am guessing this is the early 1950′s though if you have a better guess from the make of the cars please post a comment. Higuera was a two way street then, with no trees planted but lots of awnings on the …

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Oct 01

Ralph De Palma, pioneer race car driver

Ralph and Marion De Palma with Ralph's Miller special race car, picture taken at rear of the Hal Roach movie studios in Culver City, California in July 1932, shortly after Ralph timed Marion driving this car, 120 mph, around a 5 mile circular course, on the Muroc Dry Lake.

PFTV reader George Shyavitz met Ralph De Palma’s wife in 1981. The famed racer was featured in an earlier post on the San Luis Obispo racetrack at Exposition Park. George kindly shared these images with us. De Palma’s resumé is quite impressive. He also shared this link to the history of dry lake racing. Muroc …

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Apr 10

Wedding Traditions exhibit


Kimberly Alfaro at the former San Luis Obispo Historical Society sent along the following information which has been lightly edited. She says the large photo is of Mr. and Mrs. William Paulin. On Friday, April 16th from 5:30-8:30pm, join the newly named History Center of San Luis Obispo County in the official opening of a …

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Mar 17

Filipino Americans on the Central Coast

Tomato harvest farmworkers 1930. Photo courtesy of the Filipino American National Historical Society -  California Central Coast Chapter.

Vivian Krug of the South County Historical Society provided this information on their next exhibit. Photo courtesy of the Filipino American National Historical Society – California Central Coast Chapter. “We traveled. I mean we moved from camp to camp. You start out the year, January … you’d find a place and it was usually an …

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Jan 20

Acid rock returns, Cirkus

Cirkus opens for Jefferson Airplane - Photos (2) courtesy Jeff Allen

Jeff Allen, bass player in the band Cirkus sent along this note and another couple of photos. Judging from the comments there is enough interest in the subject to add to the conversation. If you missed the original post Acid Rock Lights Up the Night and a few extra photos in a followup post Acid …

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Jan 16

War bond parade

Photo courtsey Dave Skinner

Blogger on all things Paso Robles, Dave Skinner, contributes this image for our intermittent Readers Remember feature. You can see the shoulder of Cerro San Luis and a Shell service station in the background. He tells the story: My Skinner grandparents’ WWII patriotism included rationing and volunteering to man lookout points as spotters on the …

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