South Higuera

South Higuera


The area around South Higuera in San Luis Obispo is mostly small strip centers and a little manufacturing. Local SLO brand are located here, like San Luis Sourdough, fabulous bread and better than San Francisco sourdough, some would say, and the Spice Hunter, which makes herbs and spices, prominently sold in markets throughout California and gourmet food shops. There are some older homes tucked away all the way down South Higuera until it joins U. S.101. The San Luis Creek flows between South Higuera and the 101.

Higuera runs into the historic Octogon Barn, built by dairy farming Portuguese immigrants in 1900. The eight sided structure, visible from the freeway, has been brought back from collapse in 1997 and is considered as part of the “gateway” to San Luis Obispo from the south. Originally used for threshing grain, storing hay and milking cows, the barn was also part of the dairy farmers’ leisure activities which included dancing and courting. Although the barn has been saved, fundraising still goes on to transform the edifice into a community center, with historical displays and will be a site to hold cultural events both public and private. The Octogon Barn will become a self-sustaining asset to the County of San Luis Obispo, as an agricultural, educational and living history exhibit.




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