|San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Mission was founded
by Father Serra September 1, 1772. It is the fifth in the chain of 21 California
Missions. The mission was named for Saint Louis, Bishop of Toulouse, France.
In 1822 Mexico won independence and California came under Mexican rule.
The Mexican government sold Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.
Various rooms functioned as a jail and courthouse. In the 1930's,
the Mission was restored to early mission style. As it appears today, the
Mission reminds us of its origins and history.