Tag Archive: 1890

Mar 07

Ernst Brothers storehouse and Sperry Flour Mill, Paso Robles

Ernst Brothers grain warehouse slated for demolition.

Wheat was once among the royalty of the cash crops in the region but now it is not even in the top 20. Look at the list of agricultural products in the 2011 crop statistics report put out by the county and very little of it is dry land farming. One of those end of …

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Oct 06

Begging for the Southern Pacific railroad

June 27 1890 – San Luis Obispo Tribune The last thing the Southern Pacific wanted to do was complete the Coast line. Literally the last thing. The town fathers clearly wanted the railroad more than the railroad needed San Luis Obispo. Construction was the lifeblood of early railroads, some of the most successful railroad barons …

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Jan 17

Cruella De Vil’s gloves

Page excerpt, July 1, 1890 San Luis Obispo Morning Tribune

One line stopped me cold as I was scanning the Crocker’s department store advertisement in the San Luis Obispo Tribune, July 1, 1890. Dog-Skin Derby Gloves, 5 button length….$1.25 Uh? Did they really skin dogs to make gloves? That’s got to be a euphemism, right? Apparently not. According to a British history website dog leather …

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Aug 19

Early days of the San Luis Obispo post office


Civilization arrives with the post office. When you can send and receive mail your town is no longer howling wilderness, it is on the map. The 1890 Tribune took a moment to review the American history of the San Luis Obispo Post Office as it moved to a new building on Higuera Street. The town …

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Aug 15

Making sense of the census, 1890 school outlook

The Tribune June 6, 1890

San Luis Obispo was isolated cow town, connected to the world of commerce via the steam ships at Port Harford by a narrow gauge railway twice a day. A third train departed and connected to points south with the terminus at Los Olivos. The town had a population of about 4,000 and the three major …

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