Historic Restoration ProjectThe historic Southern Pacific Water Tower is located directly across the tracks from where you are standing. It looks much as it did when built in 1940 at a cost of $2,130. The Water Tower is located in it original position, across from the City's "new" Mission-style railroad depot built during World War II. The Water Tower was built to save time during train stops in San Luis Obispo. At that time, up to 10 passenger trains per day stopped in San Luis Obispo, and steam locomotives has to stop twice: once at the roundhouse to take on water and again at the depot to load and unload passengers. The 65,000 gallon steel tank allowed locomotives to take on water while stopped at the depot. The Water Tower was in service until 1956 when Southern Pacific retired the last of the steal locomotive on the coast line.
|Placed By||City of San Luis Obispo|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 3:10pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||10S E 713298 N 3906193|
|Decimal Degrees||35.27618333, -120.65483333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 35° 16.571', W 120° 39.29'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||35° 16' 34.26" N, 120° 39' 17.40" W|
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|Area Code(s)||805, 858|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1011 Railroad Ave, San Luis Obispo CA 93401, US|
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