San Luis Obispo, California
One of the oldest communities along the California coast, San Luis Obispo was founded by the Spanish Franciscan Junipero Serra. The original mission built by Serra was named for the 13th century saint and bishop Luis of Toulouse. The Chumash people are considered to be the earliest inhabitants of the region. One of the earliest villages in the area lies south of San Luis Obispo and reflects the landscape of the early Holocene period where the estuaries came farther inland. The marine resources of the bays and inlets of the California coast of the period furnished the Chumash with plenty of food stuffs. Sites of the Chumash are found around Los Osos and Morro Creek.
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