And this pier was the beginning of the Pacific Coast Railway that connected Avila-Port San Luis with the city of San Luis Obispo and eventually much of south SLO county and north SB county. The History Center of San Luis Obispo County is celebrating World Maritime Day with a look back to Port San Luis around the turn of the century. Beginning in 1860s and 1870s, piers and wharves were being built across SLO County’s coastline to connect our towns with the shipping vessels that allowed locals to buy, sell, and travel to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and beyond.
Then and Now, Stenner Creek Bridge, San Luis Obispo, California. Image taken 1908-1909 by Frank Aston of San Luis Obispo, from the Michael J. Semas Collection, Cal Poly. Thanks to David Middlecamp for finding and sharing. See the Facebook post for more information.