I took this Iconic photo of the Mail Pouch Barn at the base of Bishop Peak in San Luis Obispo in 1985. I hiked up the hill north of Highway One leading to Morro Bay and photographed the barn in the beautiful spring colors.
In 1925, Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco, was painted on barn rooftops and silos across the USA. This was referred to a "barnstorming". In general the farmer agreed to have his roof repaired in exchange for allowing the Advertisement to be place on the roof or side of the building.
This Mail Pouch Barn in SanLuis Obispo has been painted by many early California Plein Air Painters as early as 1928. At that time Highway One was just a one lane road that would eventually turn into a dirt road north of Morro bay.
Today, my photograph graces many collections, both private and public and has been published in print numerous times.
Bishop Peak, is one of the Seven Sister's of San Luis Obispo. The Seven Sisters are ancient amazing volcanic mountains, starting in San Luis Obispo at Islay Peak in the vineyards east of town in the Edna Valley Vineyards and stretching 20 miles to Morro Rock and the Pacific Ocean. Actually there are 21 major and minor peaks according to the Sierra Club.
San Luis Obispo, is the hub of the county. A very active and charming community. We thrive on outdoor living, encouraging and promoting outdoor health and fitness.
There are amazing trails up to the top of Bishop Peak and on your way up, enjoy the views, tree forrest, grazing cattle, and the abundance of Natures Wild Life!!
Though civilization has encroached on the hills behind the Mail Pouch Barn , Its still remains as a reminder of the past and the beautiful community that makes up San Luis Obispo County.
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