Tag Archive: Adobe

Feb 06

Demolition and partial reconstruction of the Murray Adobe

The original  plan was to restore the Murray Adobe and open it as a museum. This rendering was circulated in January 1972.

In an Elliot Curry bylined story from March 7, 1967 the shape of Mission Plaza was under debate. The mayor, Clell Whelchel, was skeptical about closing Monterey Street. He wanted to use gas tax funds and keep the street open. Would the Murray adobe become victim of a street-widening proposal? Loren Nicholson, president of the …

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Feb 02

Murray Adobe in Mission Plaza

The first edition of the Tribune was printed here August 7, 1869. The Murray Adobe is much smaller than it was a few years earlier. The subject of the next posting.
©Wayne Nicholls/Telegram-Tribune Nov. 20, 1973

The previous two posts showed what the in the 1960s. By 1973 only the lean-to portion remained, the main house replaced by an arbor. What happened? The answer next week. By now you may recognize the building as the Murray Adobe, law office of Tribune founding editor Walter Murray. It is in Mission Plaza between …

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Jan 30

Name that Adobe, more hints

The Murray Adobe in June 1971 in Mission Plaza. ©Wayne Nicholls/The Tribune

In 1967 the city council was trying to decide if it wanted to keep over century-old adobe. It was the birthplace of the oldest continually operating business in the county. Do you know what building this is? In 1967 the city council was trying to decide if it wanted to keep an over 100-year-old adobe …

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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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