HISTORY IN
    
SAN LUIS OBISPO
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History in San Luis Obispo County:
A Book List/Bibliography

 [The following books are available through the San Luis Obispo City/County library system, the Robert E. Kennedy Library at California Polytechnic State University, in local bookstores, and at some of the historical museums in the county.  Used copies of most of these books are readily available through the Internet at sites such as www.bookfinder.com, www.alibris.com, and others.  
The hyperlinks within this book list  will take you an index or table of contents for the publication in question.--Lynne Landwehr]

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Aidala, Thomas R.  Hearst Castle/San Simeon.  New York:  Harrison House, 1981.

Adams, Carole.  Guide to Historic Cambria.  Cambria: Vulture Vista Publications, 1986.

Adams, Carole, and John Bogacki.  Point Piedras Blancas  (Images of America series).  Charleston, South Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and San Francisco, California: Arcadia Publishing, 2008.

Anderson, Carilyn M., Harold A. Franklin, Bonnie K. Nelson, Milene F. Radford, and Karl A. Von Dollen.  Readin', 'Ritin', 'Rithmetic:  Northen San Luis Obispo County Area One-Room Schools.  Paso Robles: El Paso de Robles Area Pioneer Museum, 2004.  Click here for Table of Contents.

Anderson, Kathleen.  California Mission Model Booklets.  Fresno: A.C. Art.  Available at http://paypaltech.com/Stephen/sbcglobal/

Angel, Myron.  History of San Luis Obispo County, California.  Oakland: Thompson and West, 1883.    
Click here for the Table of Contents of Myron Angel's history

Angel, Myron.  The Painted Rock: A Legend by Myron Angel.  [First published in 1910 by Myron Angel.]  San Luis Obispo: Padre Productions, 1979.

Arnold, Allen, et al.  Cayucos by the Sea: A Pictorial History, Volume I.  Cayucos: Friends of the Cayucos Library, 2000.

Bailey, Jane H. and Dorothy L. Gates.  Morro Bay’s Yesterdays:  Vignettes of Our City’s Lives & Times.  Chicago:  Follett, Inc., 1973; reprints at Morro Bay: El Moro Publications, second edition 1982; third edition 2001.
Click here for Table of Contents.

Bailey, Jane H.  Sea Otter: Core of Conflict: Loved or Loathed. Morro Bay: El Moro Publications, 1979.

Bailey, Jane H.  The Sea Otter’s Struggle.  Morro Bay: El Moro Publications, 1973, 1978, 1980.

Baker, Gayle.  Cambria: A Harbor Town History.  Santa Barbara: Harbor Town Histories, 2003.

Bell, Ralph M.  Where My Footsteps Wandered. [Memoirs of Bell's boyhood in Paso Robles in the 1910s and 1920s.]  Orting, WA: Heritage Quest Press/Ralyn Press, 1997.  Click here for Table of Contents.

Best, Gerald.  Ships and Narrow Gauge Rails.  Berkeley: Howell-North Publications,  1964.

Bettencourt, Joseph, et al.  The Pozo Diary.  Arroyo Grande: South County Historical Society, 1983.

Black, Mary Gail.  Profile of the Daily Telegram.  Los Osos: Tabula Rasa Press, 1988.  Click here for Table of Contents.

Black Gold Cooperative Library System Advisory Board.  African-Americans on the Central Coast: A Photo Essay.  Ventura: Black Gold Cooperative Library System, 1993.

Black Gold Cooperative Library System Advisory Board.  Asian-Pacific Americans on the Central Coast: A Photo Essay.  Ventura: Black Gold Cooperative Library System, 1995.

Black Gold Cooperative Library System Advisory Board.  Native Americans on the Central Coast: A Photo Essay.  Ventura: Black Gold Cooperative Library System, 1997.

Blackburn, Thomas C.  December’s Child: A Book of Chumash Oral Narratives.  Berkeley: University of California Press,  1975.

Blomquist, Leonard Rudolph.   California in Transition:  The San Luis Obispo District 1830-1850.  San Luis Obispo: San Luis Obispo County Historical Society, 2003 [from a University of California Master's Thesis completed in 1943].  Click here for Table of Contents.

Blythe, Elizabeth, and Hy Root.  Ambush, Arson & Murder on the Nacimiento.  Accounts of the James Lynch family of Tierra Redonda.  Sponsored by El Paso de Robles Pioneer Museum, Paso Robles, California.  Blue Oak Publishing, Paso Robles, 1999.

Boutelle, Sara Holmes.  Julia Morgan, Architect.  New York: Abbeville Press, 1988.

Bowler, Ann Martin.  The History of the Paso Robles Inn: More Than a Century of Pride.  Loomis, CA: Oak Lake Press, 2003.  Click here for Table of Contents.

Brewer, William H.  Up and Down California in 1860-1864.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 1930.

Brown, Georgia H. (and Helen Cisneros, Editor).  Plants Found near Paso Robles, California, [and] Used as Food or Medicine by Indians, Mexicans, and Early Californians.  San Miguel: Helen Cisneros and Friends of the Adobes, 2001.

Brown, Robert A.  Story of the Arroyo Grande Creek.  Arroyo Grande: Robert A. Brown, 2001.

Brusa, Betty War.  Salinan Indians of California and Their Neighbors.  Happy Valley, California: Naturegraph Publishers, Inc., 1992.

Bryant, Edwin.  What I Saw in California. Philadelphia: G. Appleton & Sons, 1848; Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Bison Books, 1985.

California Center for Military History.  Camp Roberts  (Images of America series).  Charleston, South Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and San Francisco, California: Arcadia Publishing, 2005.  

Camarillo, Albert.  Chicanos in California: A History of Mexican Americans in California.  Sparks, Nevada: Materials for Today’s Learning: 1990.

Cameron, William R.  “Rancho Santa Margarita of San Luis Obispo,” in California Historical Society Quarterly, Volume XXXVI, Number 1, pp. 1-20, 1957, San Francisco: California Historical Society.

Carotenuti, Joseph A.  San Luis Obispo 1850-1876.  Published by the author, San Luis Obispo, 2006.

Castle. Roger, and Gary Ream for the Historical Society of Morro Bay.  Images of America: Morro Bay.  Charleston SC, Chicago, IL, Portsmouth NH, San Francisco CA: Arcadia Publishing Co., 2006.  Click here for Table of Contents.

Charlesworth, J.W.  Mission San Luis Obispo: Build a Mission Model.  San Luis Obispo: Central Coast Press, 2000.

Cisneros, Helen, ed., from original text by Georgia H. Brown.  Plants Found near Paso Robles, California, [and] Used as Food or Medicine by Indians, Mexicans, and Early Californians.  San Miguel: Helen Cisneros and Friends of the Adobes, 2001.

Clark, Patricia J.   Mission Plaza, San Luis Obispo, 1772-1979.  San Luis Obispo:  Mission Plaza Birthday Committee, 1979.

Coffman, Taylor.  Building for Hearst and Morgan - Voices from The George Loorz Papers.  Albany, CA: Berkeley Hills Books,  2003.

Coffman, Taylor.  Hearst’s Dream.  San Luis Obispo:  EZ Nature Books, 1989.

Coffman, Taylor.  The Builders Behind the Castles.  San Luis Obispo: San Luis Obispo County Historical Society, 1990.

Crabb, Guy.  San Luis Obispo: 100 Years of Downtown Businesses - Higuera Street.  San Luis Obispo: Guy Crabb Publishing, 2007.

Creston Women’s Club.  Creston, 1884-1894. Creston, California: Creston Women’s Club, 1984. 

Dana, Joseph L.  "To Discourage Me is No Easy Matter":  The Life of California Pioneer William Goodwin Dana.  Arroyo Grande. CA: The South County Historical Society, 2007.

Dana, Juan Francisco.  The Blond Ranchero: Memories of Juan Francisco Dana as told to Rocky Dana and Marie Harrington.  Los Angeles: Dawson’s Book Shop,  Los Angeles; reprinted Arroyo Grande: South County Historical Society, 1999.

Dana, Richard Henry, Jr.   Two Years Before the Mast.  New York: Harper & Brothers, 1840, and subsequent editions.

Darlington, David.  In Condor Country.  New York: Henry Holt And Company, 1987.

Darnell, Marilyn L., with Sketches by Charles Crotser.  The House that R. Jack Built.  San Luis Obispo: University Graphic Systems/California Polytechnic State University, 2007.

Dart, Louisiana Clayton.  Vignettes of History in San Luis Obispo County.  Published with the assistance of Mission Federal Savings: San Luis Obispo, 1978.
Click here for Table of Contents.

Davies, Marion.  The Times We Had.  New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1975.    

Denger, Mark J., et al., and the California Center for Military History.   Camp San Luis Obispo (Images of America series.)  Charleston, South Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and San Francisco, California: Arcadia Publishing, 2004.   Click here for Table of Contents.

Dickerson, Sharon Lewis.  Mountains of Fire.  San Luis Obispo: EZ Nature Books, 1990.

Ditmas, Madge.  According to Madge:  Early Times in South San Luis Obispo County and The Arroyo Grande Valley.  Arroyo Grande: South County Historical Society, 1983.  Click here for Index.

Durham, David L.  Place-Names of California’s Central Coast.  Clovis, California: Word Dancer Press, 2000.

Engelhardt, Zephyrin.  San Miguel Archangel: The Mission on the Highway.  Santa Barbara: Mission Santa Barbara Press, 1929.  Click here for Table of Contents.

Engelhardt, Zephyrin.  Mission San Luis Obispo in the Valley of the Bears.  Santa Barbara: W.T. Glenns, 1933, 1963.

Farris, Janet.  Avila, A Glimpse of Yesterday: Stories of the Times and People of Avila from the early days of California through World War II.  San Luis Obispo: Central Coast Press, 2003.  Click here for Table of Contents.Z

Fisher, Anne B.  The Salinas: Upside Down River.  New York: Farrar and Rinehart, 1945.

Franks, Janet Penn.  San Luis Obispo: A History in Architecture (Images of America series).  Charleston, South Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; and Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and San Francisco, California:  Arcadia Press, 2004.  (Click here for Table of Contents.)

Franks, Janet Penn.  San Luis Obispo County Wineries.  San Luis Obispo: Central Coast Press, 2005.  (Click here for Table of Contents.)

Gates, Dorothy L., and Jane Horton Bailey.   Morro Bay’s Yesterdays:  Vignettes of Our City’s Lives & Times.  Morro Bay: El Moro Publications, 1982; third printing 2001.
Click here for Table of Contents.

Genealogical Society of San Luis Obispo County, publications of.  (Including, but not limited to:  cemetery indexes, Great Registers, some birth and death records, etc.)

Gibson, Robert O.  The Chumash.  New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1991.

Guinn, James Miller.  History of the State of California and Biographical Record of Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo Counties.  Chicago: Chapman publishing Co., 1903.

Grant, Joseph D.  Redwoods and Reminiscences.  San Francisco: Save-The-Redwoods League and The Menninger Foundation, 1973.  Click here for chapter excerpt.

Haggard, Ken, with assistance from Erin Scholl.  A Brief Architectural History of San Luis Obispo County.  San Luis Obispo: Central Coast Publishing, 2008.   Click here for Table of Contents and Index.

Hall-Patton, Mark.   History Columns from the San Luis Obispo Telegram-Tribune, A Personal Selection of My Favorites.
San Luis Obispo: San Luis Obispo County Historical Society, 1993.
Click here for index.

Hall-Patton, Mark.  Memories of the Land [Place Names in San Luis Obispo County].  San Luis Obispo: EZ Nature Books, 1984.

Hamilton, Geneva.  Where the Highway Ends.  Cambria: Williams Printing Co., 1974, 2001.  Click here for Table of Contents.

Hammond, Norm.  The Dunites.  Arroyo Grande: South County Historical Society, 1992.

Hammond, Norm.  Oceano: "Atlantic City of the West."  Oceano, CA: Oceano Depot Association, 2004.  With a Foreword by Linda Guiton Austin.
Click here for Table of Contents.

Harth, Stan; Dan Krieger; and Liz Krieger.  War Comes to the Middle Kingdom, Vol. 1:  1939-1942.  San Luis Obispo: EZ Nature Books, 1991.

Hobbs, Andrea H., and Milene F. Radford, for the Paso Robles Pioneer Museum.    Paso Robles (Images of America series).  Arcadia Publishing: Charleston, South Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and San Francisco, California:  Arcadia Press, 2007. 

Hoving, Gary L.  Journey of Justice.  San Luis Obispo: San Luis Obispo County Historical Society,  2000.

Jespersen, Christjan N., ed.  History of San Luis Obispo County, State of California: Its People and Its Resources.  [Los Angeles]: H. M. Meier, 1939.   Click here for Table of Contents and Index to Biographical Profiles.

Kastner, Victoria.  Hearst Castle: The Biography of a Country House.  New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2000.

Kennedy, Robert E.  Learn by Doing: Memoirs of a University President: A Personal Journey with the Seventh President of California Polytechnic State University.  San Luis Obispo: California State Polytechnic University, 2001.  Click here for Table of Contents.

Kocher, Paul H.  Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa: A Historical Sketch.  San Luis Obispo: Blake Printing & Publishing, Inc., 1972.

Krieger, Daniel E.  San Luis Obispo County: Looking Backward into the Middle Kingdom.  Northridge: Windsor Publications, Inc., 1988.
Click here for list of indexed items.

Krieger, Dan; Liz Krieger; and Stan Harth.  War Comes to the Middle Kingdom, Vol. 1:  1939-1942.  San Luis Obispo: EZ Nature Books, 1991.

Larson, Coleen Handforth.   A History of the Hollister Adobe.  San Luis Obispo: Cuesta College, 1971.

Leonard, Ralph.  John Michael Price: A Biography.  San Luis Obispo: San Luis Obispo County Historical Society and South County Historical Society, 1987.

Leonard, Ralph.  The Dallidet Lands: Their Acquisition and Development from the Mexican-California Land Grant in 1844-45 to the Early 1900s.  San Luis Obispo: private typescript, 1988.

Lewis, Betty.  W.H. Weeks, Architect.  Fresno, California: Pioneer Publishing Company, 1985, 1989.

Lewis, William H.  Atascadero Colony Days.  Atascadero: Atascadero Historical Society, 1974.

Loe, Nancy.  Cal Poly: The First Hundred Years.  San Luis Obispo: Robert E. Kennedy Library, California Polytechnic State University, 2001.

Loe, Nancy.  Hearst Castle: The Official Pictorial Guide.  Santa Barbara: Companion Press, 1991.

Loe, Nancy, ed.  San Luis Obispo Tribune: Souvenir Railroad Edition, May 5, 1894.  San Luis Obispo: Library Associates, Robert E. Kennedy Library, California Polytechnic State University, 1994.

Loe, Nancy, ed.  San Simeon Revisited: The Correspondence between Julia Morgan and William Randolph Hearst.  San Luis Obispo: Library Associates, California Polytechnic State University, 1987.

Loe, Nancy.  William Randolph Hearst: An Illustrated Biography.   Santa Barbara: Sequoia Books, 1988.

Loomis, John, and Gordon Bennett.  John and Gordon:  The Old Days (1932 - 1944) in Arroyo Grande, California.  Arroyo Grande: Boococks of America Press, 2002.  Click here for Table of Contents.

Lynch, Alice Clare.  The Kennedy Clan and Tierra Redonda.  San Francisco: Marnell & Company, 1935.

Lynch, James.  With Stevenson to California, published with Francis Clark’s Stevenson’s Regiment in California, under the title The New York Volunteers in California, 1846-1848.  Glorieta, New Mexico: Rio Grande Press, 1970.

MacGillivray, J. Fraser.  History of Adelaida, California.  Paso Robles: El Paso de Robles Area Pioneer Museum, El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society, and San Luis Obispo County Historical Society, c1992.

MacLean, Angus.  Legends of the California Bandidos.  Fresno: Pioneer Publishing, 1977; reprinted in 1989 by Bear Flag Books.

MacLean, Angus.  The Ghosts of Frank and Jesse James, and Other Stories.  San Luis Obispo: Bear Flag Books, 1987.

Maino, Charles A.  Old Times: Memories of San Luis Obispo.  San Luis Obispo: Jeannette Gould Maino, 1990.

Maricle, Margaret Ann.  The Cass House and Cayucos: The Story of a Man who Built a House and Founded a Town.  San Luis Obispo: Central Coast Press: 2007.

Marx, Steven, ed.  Cal Poly Land: A Field Guide.  San Luis Obispo: Cal Poly Foundation, 2003.

Mason, William Marvin.  The Census of 1790: A Demographic History of Colonial California.  Menlo Park: Ballena Press, 1998.

Maxwell-Long, Thomas.  San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly in Vintage Postcards [from Frank Aston photographs].  Chicago: Arcadia Publishing, 2001.

McCall, Lynne, and Rosalind Perry, eds. California’s Chumash Indians: A Project of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Education Center.  San Luis Obispo: EZ Nature Books, 1996.

McGinty, Brian.  Paderewski at Paso Robles: A Great Pianist's Home Away from Home in California.  Scottsdale, AZ: Overland Books, 2004.

McKeen, Rose.   Parade Along the Creek:  San Luis Obispo Memories of the 1920s through ‘60s.  San Luis Obispo: Rose McKeen, 1988.
Click here for Table of Contents.

McMillan, Ian.   Man and the California Condor. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1968.

Miller, Bruce W.   Chumash:  A Picture of Their World.  Los Osos: Sand River Press, 1988.  Click here for Table of Contents.

Miossi, Harold.  The San Luis Obispo County Courthouse: an historical sketch of its buildings and their setting.  San Luis Obispo: County of San Luis Obispo, 1971.

Morrison, Annie L., and John H. Haydon.  History of San Luis Obispo County and Environs, California, with Biographical Sketches of the Leading Men and Women of the County and Environs Who Have been Identified with the Growth and Development of the Section from the Early Days to the Present. Los Angeles: Historic Record Company, 1917; biographical portion reprinted in 2002 by Friends of the Adobes, San Miguel.  Click here for Table of Contents and list of Biographical Sketches.

Morrison, Annie L., and John H. Haydon.  Pioneers of San Luis Obispo County and Environs.  San Miguel: The Friends of the Adobes, Inc., 2002.  [This is a reproduction of most, but not all, of Morrison's 1917 History of San Luis Obispo County and Environs; see  entry above.]  

Nicholson, Loren.  Glimpses of Childhood in the Old West, 1840-1940.  San Luis Obispo: California Heritage Publishing, 1995.  Click here for Table of Contents.

Nicholson, Loren.  Old Picture Postcards: A Historic Journey Along California’s Central Coast.  San Jose/San Luis Obispo: California Heritage Publishing Associates,  1989.

Nicholson, Loren.  Rails across the Ranchos.  Fresno: Valley Publishers, 1980.

Nicholson, Loren.  Romualdo Pacheco’s California: The Mexican-American Who Won.  San Luis Obispo: California Heritage Publishing Associates, 1990.

Nicholson, Loren, and Bernice Loughran.  San Luis Obispo County Pathways: A Guide to the Historical Highlights of the County.  San Luis Obispo: New Paradigm Press, 1981.

Norin, William W.  The McDonald Clan on the Bras d'Or and the Estrella.  Private publication, 1980.   A copy is available in the Special Collections Department of the Robert E. Kennedy Library/California State Polytechnic University/San Luis Obispo.

Ochs, Patricia Mary.  A History of Chinese Labor in San Luis Obispo County and a Comparison of Chinese Relations in this County with the Anti-Chinese Movement in California, 1869-1894.  San Luis Obispo: Senior Project for California State Polytechnic College (now California Polytechnic State University), 1966.

Ohles, Wallace V.  The Lands of Mission San Miguel.  Fresno: Word Dancer Press, in association with The Friends of the Adobes, San Miguel, 1997.
Click here for Table of Contents.

Paulding, Ruth.  The Gallant Lady.  Arroyo Grande: Hubbard Printing, 1981.

Pavlik, Robert C.  A Vast Pastoral Domain: San Luis Obispo County in the 1870s. San Luis Obispo: Cal Poly Library Associates, 1993.

Pavlik, Robert C.  "Crumbling Pergola Testimony to Hearst's Vision." California Landscape Magazine, March/April 1989.

Pavlik, Robert C. "Hearst at San Simeon." California Parklands magazine [a publication of the California State Parks Foundation], Summer 1990.

Pavlik, Robert C.   "Historical Sites--From Private Estate to Public Attraction:  Hearst Castle." California History [journal of the California Historical Society], Winter 1992/93.

Pavlik, Robert C.  "Oaks on Central Coast had Respect Early: Pioneering Attempts to Move Trees Proved Successful. " California Landscape Magazine [a publication of the California Landscape Contractors Association], September 1990 .  [This piece appeared later as a sidebar in Oaks of California, by Pavlik, Bruce, et al.,  published by Cachuma Press of Los Olivos, 1991.]

Pavlik, Robert C.   "Shore Whaling at San Simeon Bay." Sea Letter (magazine of the National Maritime Museum Association, San Francisco), No. 43, Fall/Winter 1990.  Click here to read this article.

Pavlik, Robert C.  "'Something a Little Different': La Cuesta Encantada's Architectural Precedents and Cultural Prototypes." California History [journal of the California Historical Society], Winter 1992/93.

Pavlik, Robert  C.  "The Tile Art of San Simeon: A Social and Cultural Perspective."  Tile Heritage [journal of the Tile Heritage Foundation], Vol. IV, No. 2, Winter 1997/98.

Rafferty, Tom, Editor.  The Achievers: Central California's Engineering Pioneers.  Sam Luis Obispo: Central Coast History Foundation, 2004.  Click here for Table of Contents.

Rawson, Lura.  History Columns in North County Tribune.  
Click here for a partial listing.

Reinstedt, Erick and Mary.  Treasures Under the Oaks:  History and Recipes from the Bee Rock, Bryson-Hesperia, Jolon, Lake San Antonio, Lockwood, and Pleyto areas.  A project to benefit the Dry Bones Youth Group,, copyright by Erick and Mary Reinstedt, Bradley, CA, 1999.

Robinson, W. W.  The Story of San Luis Obispo County.  Los Angeles: Title Insurance and Trust Company, 1957.  Click here for index.

San Luis Obispo City-County Library.  People and Places: Finding people and property in SLO County.  Pamphlet published by the Reference Department of the San Luis Obispo City-County Library, June 2005.

San Luis Obispo County Historical Museum's catalog to the Exhibit Pieces of History:  SLO County Quilts 1850 - 1950.  Members, Exhibit and Texile Committees:  Collette Blair, Roger Eberhardt, Lynn Gregg, Gini Griffin, Nancy Hillenburg, Ray Hillis, Lynn Hollister, Ann Judd, Pete Kelley, Marlo Miller, John Schutz, July Schutz.  San Luis Obispo, 2007.

San Luis Obispo County Historical Museum's Exhibit Committee.  Farmers' Alliance and the Industrial Union: The Story of an anti-monopoly coalition in San Luis Obispo County circa 1890.  Committee Members:  Gini Griffin, Nancy Hillenburg, Naomi Hoffman, Ann Judd, Elizabeth Johnson,  Pete Kelley, Craig Rock, John Schutz, and Roberta Soules.  San Luis Obispo, 2008.

San Luis Obispo Tribune.  Souvenir Railroad Edition: May 5, 1894.

Sarber, Jane.  A Cabbie in a Golden Era: featuring cabbie’s original log of guests transported to Hearst Castle.   [Private publication:  no publisher or city name, no publication date shown.]

Shibata, Grace.  "Okaasan," in Mei Nakano's Japanese American Women:  Three Generations, 1890 - 1990.  Sebastopol: Mina Press Publishers, 1990.

Siegel, Shizue.  In Good Conscience: Supporting Japanese Americans During the Internment.  San Mateo, CA: AACP, Inc., 2006. [A project of the Military Intelligence Service Association of Northern California]

South County Historical Society.  Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow; Volumes 1 through 5.  Arroyo Grande:  South County Historical Society, 1976-1989.

Spooner, Alden Bradford (1824-1877).  Personal journal, transcribed by Lynda J. Thorstrum as her Senior Project for California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1970.

Squibb, Paul.  Captain Portolá in San Luis Obispo County in 1769.  Morro Bay: Tabula Rasa Press, 1984.

Stanley, Dr. Leo L.  San Miguel At the Turn of the Century.  Fresno: Valley Publishers, 1976.  [Click here for Table of Contents.]

Stob, Ron.  Back Roads of the Central Coast.  San Luis Obispo: Bear Flag Books, 1986.

Stob, Ron.  Exploring San Luis Obispo County and Nearby Coastal Areas.  San Luis Obispo: Central Coast Press, 1998.

Stob, Ron.  More Back Roads of the Central Coast.  San Luis Obispo: Bear Flag Books, 1989.

Storke, Yda Addis.  A Memorial and Biographical History of the Counties of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura, California.  Chicago:  Lewis Publishing Company, 1891.

Thomason, Donna Ludeke.  Cholama: The Beautiful One. Los Osos: Tabula Rasa Press, 1988.

Tognazzini, Wilmar N.  100 Years Ago: Excerpts from the San Luis Obispo Morning Tribune [volumes exist for 1888 through 1901].  Morro Bay: Tognazzini, 1988 and succeeding years.  [Click here for links to the 1896, 1897, 1898, and 1899 editions.]

Travis, Marguerite A.  The Birth of Atascadero.  Atascadero: Atascadero Historical Society, 1960, 1976, 1989. 
Click here for Table of Contents.

Trejo, Mary.  Lopez Canyon: As Told to Betty Clemens.  Pismo Beach: Chumash Trejo Clemens Company, 2000.  
Click here for excerpts from this book.  
Click here for Table of Contents.

Tritenbach, Paul.  San Luis Obispo Discoveries.  San Luis Obispo: Excellence Press, 1989.  Click here for Table of Contents.

Twisselman, Henry A.  Changing Times.  Los Olivos: Olive Press Publications, 1998.

Twisselman, Henry A.  Don’t Get Me Started.  Los Olivos: Olive Press Publications, 1998.

Wadsworth, Ginger.  Julia Morgan: Architect of Dreams.  Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company, 1990.

Waltz, Marcus.  Chronicles of Cambria’s Pioneers.  Cambria: Marcus Waltz, 1946.

Weber, Msgr. Francis J.  Mission in the Valley of the Bears: A Documentary History of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.  [Los Angeles]: Weber, 1985.

Westcott, Kenneth E., and Curtiss H. Johnson.  The Pacific Coast Railway: Central California’s Premiere Narrow Gauge.  Los Altos: Benchmark Publications Ltd., 1998.

Westlund, Darren.  Cambria Treasures: Interviews with Noteworthy Cambrians.  Cambria:  Westlund/Small Town Surrealist Productions, 1988.
Click here for Table of Contents.

Wheeler, Thomas, Ed., Introduction by Robert Pavlik.  Road Scholars: Transportation Histories of the Central California Coast.  Heritage Shared, San Luis Obispo, 2008.  Papers include:  "A Railroad Runs Through It: The San Luis Obispo Southern Pacific Railroad Historic District," by Robert Pavlik;  "Woolen Mills Chinatown of San Jose," by Anmarie Medin; "Whitley Gardens and the James Dean Memorial," by Robert Pavlik; "Historic Bridges of San Luis Obispo County," by Andrew Hope; and "Harmony Along the Coast," by Paula Juelke Carr.

Whiteman, Luther.  The Face of the Clam.  New York: Random House, 1947.

Whittlesey, Matt.  "We Only Die Once": Juan Bautista Romo 1876-1968.  San Luis Obispo: De La Guerra & Pacheco Chapter of E Clampus Vitus, spring 2002.

Wieman, Harold.  Morro Bay Meanderings.  San Luis Obispo: Padre Productions, 1984.

Willhoit, Al, with Carla Willhoit and James W. Cook, Jr.  The End of the Line: Recollections & a History of Templeton.  Templeton:  Templeton Historical Society, 2000.

Williams, Virginia.  Protected Valley: The Story of Santa Margarita.  Santa Margarita Civic Association, 1966, reprinted 1975.

Winslow, Carleton, Jr., and his students at California State Polytechnic College [now California Polytechnic State University].  Discovering San Luis Obispo County.  San Luis Obispo, California: no publisher indicated, 1972.
Click here for a listing of homes and buildings covered.

Wolcott, Barbara.  David, Goliath, and the Beach Cleaning Machine: How a Small California Town [Avila Beach] Fought an Oil Giant--and Won!  Sterling, Virginia: Capital Books Inc., 2003.

Wyss, Jakob Otto; edited by Pitt Wyss in collaboration with Paul Hugger.  Postmaster in Klau: Letters from California.  Rockland, Maine: Picton Press: 2007.

 

 

 


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