San Luis Obispo is a city near the Central Coast in California.

The population was 45,119 at the 2010 census. The population of San Luis Obispo County was 269,637 in 2010.

Founded in 1772 by Spanish Franciscan Junípero Serra, San Luis Obispo is one of California's oldest communities. Serra's original mission was named for the 13th Century saint and bishop Louis of Toulouse.

The city, locally referred to as San Luis, SLO, or SLO Town (as its county is also referred to as SLO) is the county seat of San Luis Obispo County and is adjacent to California Polytechnic State University.

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  • The Madonna Inn is a famous local landmark
  • Fremont Theater, a historic Art Deco theater from the 1940s, still plays first-run movies on the huge screen.
  • The Palm Theatre boasts solar heating and is home to the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival.
  • Bubblegum Alley. Since about 1960, people have been sticking chewed gum on the walls of this alley.
  • Carnegie Library which is now home to the San Luis Obispo County Historical Museum.


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