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Pioneer Woman Honored with Plaque in City

Post Date:08/21/2018 11:00 AM

The community is invited to dedicate a plaque in honor of the woman who built the Queenie Warden bridge in 1927. The dedication will take place in Mission Plaza on Friday, August 24 at noon.

When built, Monterey Street was open between Chorro and Broad Street before the construction of the Plaza. Queenie Warden owned the building immediately across the San Luis Creek. When access was limited from the front of her building, the enterprising Queenie found another way for deliveries. Today, the Warden Bridge continues to allow access to the back of businesses facing Higuera Street.

A prominent businesswoman and civic leader, the mother of three was a founder of the Women’s Club and an energetic leader for social causes of the day. In 1917, she was the first woman in San Luis Obispo to run for Mayor and received 715 votes to the incumbent’s 796. Recognized beyond the city, she was named in 1918 as one of California’s Distinguished Women by the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper.

Following the ceremony, Secret SLO will offer a free walking tour on women's history in the downtown area, highlighting Warden's career, Susan B. Anthony's 1896 visit here to campaign for equal rights, and the San Luis Obispo women who led local and national movements.

Contact: Brian Leveille, Senior Planner, (805) 781-7166

 Warden Dedication

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