David Middlecamp, The Tribune

David Middlecamp

The Tribune

San Luis Obispo, CA, United States

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Past articles by David:

Riding at Oceano Dunes, shifting sand nearly buried this lake. Then State Parks stepped in

Off highway vehicle riding at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular had been banned south of Osos Flaco Lake when State Parks planted sand with grass to stop erosion in the 1980s. → Read More

Llamas at the beach? 2 pack animals spotted taking a stroll in the surf in Pismo Beach

Llamas from an Arroyo Grande farm visited Pismo Beach on the Central Coast of California for a walk in the surf in the 1980s. The pack animals were training for an International Llama Association jamboree. → Read More

SLO County’s best school graduation traditions, from American flags to roses

San Luis Obispo County, California, high schools and Cuesta College celebrated Class of 2019 graduations in June. Here are highlights from ceremonies for seniors in SLO, Paso Robles, Atascadero & Arroyo Grande. → Read More

125 years, 4 homes: Here’s how San Luis Obispo library has changed over the years

The San Luis Obispo City County Library in SLO, California, celebrates its 125 year anniversary in 2019. The public library, once located on Osos Street, opened in its current Palm Street building in the 1980s. → Read More

This SLO County dump ran out of dirt to cover trash. So your garbage found a new home

Cold Canyon Landfill in San Luis Obispo, California, opened on Carpenter Canyon Road after the Los Osos garbage dump ran out of dirt to cover trash in the 1980s. SLO County closed the Turri Road location. → Read More

SLO celebrates Memorial Day with a somber ceremony and flyover

San Luis Obispo hosted one of several Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday, May 27, 2019, throughout SLO County, California. The events featured historic military airplane flyovers, music and more. → Read More

‘It was really scary.’ Central Coast couple shot, killed in courthouse hostage crisis

Two people were shot and killed by police at a Paso Robles, California, courthouse after taking an attorney hostage in the 1980s. The husband and wife had been charged with harrassing neighbors in Cayucos. → Read More

Clouds of monarch butterflies used to fill the Pismo Beach skies

The monarch butterfly population at the Pismo State Beach Butterfly Grove in California is declining, but they were abundant in the 1980s, writes Photos from the Vault columnist Dave Middlecamp. → Read More

Peace Officer Memorial in Pismo Beach pays tribute to 8 fallen officers

Pismo Beach, California, hosted the annual Peace Officer Memorial Service on Tuesday. The eight officers who died in the line of duty over the last 12 months were remembered in a ceremony at the pier. → Read More

“It could’ve been a lot worse.” Four residents escape early morning SLO apartment fire

Four residents of a San Luis Obispo, California, apartment were displaced after a fire damaged their California Boulevard unit near Cal Poly. The residents were alerted to the fire when they smelled smoke. → Read More

‘Worse than the city jail.’ SLO’s Park Hotel was home to drug addicts, criminals in 1980s

The Park Hotel in San Luis Obispo, California, on Osos Street near the SLO railroad station has provided rooms for passenger train crews, hosted local club events and served as a home for transients and drunks. → Read More

Los Osos man robbed 56 banks with his wife behind the wheel. Who is ‘The Shootist’?

A bank robber who stole money in heists in California, Texas and Washington lived in Los Osos. The man, who shot guns during his crimes, was arrested by the FBI and sent to prison. So was his getaway driver. → Read More

Octagon Barn almost ready to host weddings and events — here’s when it will open

The historic Octagon Barn restoration in San Luis Obispo, California, is nearing completion, and the Land Conservancy expects to open the facility as an event center in fall 2019. → Read More

‘Screaming homicidal maniacs’: ASH was world’s largest hospital for criminally insane

Atascadero State Hospital in California was the world’s largest hospital for the criminally insane in the 1980s. Here’s a look at patients, doctors and psychiatric technicians at the SLO County facility. → Read More

Stations of the Cross event strolls through SLO — to the tune of Dixieland jazz

Stations of the Cross celebrated for the first time in San Luis Obispo with walk, singing and prayers. → Read More

A Frisbee-catching horse? SLO County Arabian shows off his special skill

A horse at a Templeton, California, stud farm for Arabians was trained to catch a Frisbee in its mouth. The white stallion, a pet bred by Wayne Newton, practiced fetching flying discs for photos in the 1990s. → Read More

Moving day: Here are the 8 buildings The Tribune has called home since 1869

The Tribune newspaper in San Luis Obispo, California, is moving from South Higuera Street to a new office on Tank Farm Road. Here are the buildings the company has called home during its 150-year history. → Read More

Mummified in old newsprint, hidden in the archives, photos of SLO’s 1973 flood are found

A devastating flood hit San Luis Obispo hard in 1973, causing a downtown fire and cars and mobile homes to float away. The original photos from the event have been discovered in The Tribune archives. → Read More

The Tribune is moving to a new office — and we’ve discovered a stack of forgotten stories

The Tribune, a newspaper in San Luis Obispo, California, is moving to a new building. As story archives shrink, photographer David Middlecamp unearths a library of articles from the history of the publication. → Read More

Mosaic muralist Peter Ladochy dies at 79, but his artistic legacy in SLO County lives on

Mosaic artist Peter Ladochy, who lived in Cayucos and Morro Bay, California, died March 11, 2019, at age 79. He created the mural in San Luis Obispo’s Chinatown district and on the Cayucos Library. → Read More