SAN LUIS OBISPO
History and Map
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa was founded on September 1, 1772 in the area that is now the city of San Luis Obispo. The namesake of the mission, city and county is Saint Louis of Toulouse, the young bishop of Toulouse (Obispo and Tolosa in Spanish) in 1297.
San Luis Obispo County was one of the original counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood.
The Salinas River Valley, a region that figures strongly in several Steinbeck novels, stretches north from San Luis Obispo County. The remote California Valley near Soda Lake is the region most untouched by modernity.
State Historical Landmarks
#325: Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
#326: Mission San Miguel Arcangel
#364: Santa Margarita Asistencia (Site of)
#542: Estrella Adobe Church
#640: Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument
#720: Dallidet Adobe
#726: The Sebastian Store