At 70 Feet in Length and 15 Feet in Height Bubblegum Alley is a real Tourist Attraction
Fans of the 1995 Disney animated film called “A Goofy Movie” may recall the scene where the son, on a vacation with his father, makes a concession to stop at an attraction called “The House of Yarn” to the utter delight of his father.
Well, in the city of San Louis Obispo, California, there is that sort of peculiar tourist attraction. The city of 270,000 residents sports what is known as “Bubblegum Alley“. A narrow corridor running 70 feet in length and standing 15 feet tall whose walls are covered in what is colloquially referred to as ABC gum (Already Been Chewed).
San Louis Obispo has its share of upscale tourist attractions ranging such wineries, breweries, and quaint shopping malls. Those attractions aside, Bubblegum Alley seems to always be sporting visitors especially those eager to leave their “impression” on the walls.
The exact origin of the wall is unknown, but one popular legend has it that the wall got its start as part of a rivalry between Cal Poly students and those attending San Louis Obispo High School in the early fifties. It is rumored at the time, Cal Poly was easily bested by the high school students at which time they doubled down on their efforts and the result was Bubblegum Alley.Source:
Bubblegum Alley: Gum Wall of San Luis Obispo