HISTORY IN
    
THE COUNTY OF
          SAN LUIS OBISPO
 
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First-Person Historical Narratives

   
     Despite the early isolation of San Luis Obispo County, many travelers passed through on the Camino Real, or King's Highway, and many recorded and published their impressions.  Following are a few excerpts from early visitors, as well as some more recent passages.  For more of the first-person narratives from the 19th century, visit the "California As I Saw It!" collection at the American Memory section of the Library of Congress website.

[Please note:  These primary historical documents are presented as part of the record of the past; they reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times.  Neither the Library of Congress nor this website endorses all the views expressed in these collections, which may contain materials objectionable to some readers.]

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[Documents are listed chronologically.]

From: Edwin Bryant's
What I Saw in California,
Being the Journal of a Tour
...in the Years 1846, 1847
(published 1848)

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From: William Brewer's
Up and Down California in 1860-64

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From: Mary Cone's
Two Years in California,
Chicago: S.C. Griggs and Company, 1876

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From: Brooke Stoner's
"Lost on the Upper Nacimiento,"
from The Overland Monthly,
February 1889

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From: Ruth Kedzie Wood's
The Tourist's California,
New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1915

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From: Ten Decades on a California Rancho:
Memories of Juan Francisco Dana
from Touring Topics magazine,
November, 1931

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From Morro Bay's Yesterdays,
by Dorothy L. Gates and Jane H. Bailey,
Morro Bay: El Moro Publications, 
1982, 1993, and 2001,
excerpt by Glen Bickford:
A Midwesterner reports
from the Pacific floor, 1936 

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From: Where My Footsteps Wandered,
by Ralph M. Bell,
Ralyn Press/Heritage Quest Press, 
Orting, Washington, 1997.

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From: Lopez Canyon,
by Mary Trejo as told to Betty Clemens,
Pismo Beach: Chumash Trejo Clemens Company, 2000.

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