SLO County Outlaws: Desperados, Vigilantes, and Bootleggers
July 1, 2017, 1pm
At the Freighthouse
Talk by Jim Gregory, author
In 1858, San Luis Obispo County had the highest murder rate in the United States, a trend that had begun with a horrific mass murder at Mission San Miguel in 1848 and continued through the Gold Rush years, when cattle-buyers and their gold dust were easy prey along El Camino Real. A vigilance committee and its extrajudicial executions in front of Mission San Luis Obispo put an end to the most notorious outlaw gang, but not to lawbreaking.