The History Center of San Luis Obispo County will offer free, one-hour guided tours every Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. from the front of the Carnegie Library at 696 Monterey
The History Center of San Luis Obispo County will offer free, one-hour guided tours every Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. from the front of the Carnegie Library at 696 Monterey Street. Tours begin this Saturday, June 19 and will continue through Labor Day weekend.
Each tour will focus on the Mission Plaza sites that are associated with the actions of the 1858 Committee of Vigilance, the subject of the recent book The Quick and the Dead: Resistance, Banditry, and Vigilance Revisited on the Central Coast by History Center volunteer Pete Kelley. With the relaxation of most Covid-19 measures, masks will be needed only for those who are not fully vaccinated. This weekly tour is accessible to those in wheelchairs or other impairments.
Attendees will “walk back” to a turbulent time when Monterey Street was El Camino Real, a dusty lane running through an anxious pueblo with a derelict and “secularized” Mission San Luis Obispo. Next to it, where the History Center now stands was the only one wood-frame house in town. That was the home of a remarkable woman, Ramona Carrillo Pacheco Wilson, whose story is revealed in this tour – along with the dreadful reality of the vigilantes and their victims.