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Near Buellton in Santa Barbara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Past and Future Las Cruces Adobe

 
 
The Past and Future Las Cruces Adobe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 30, 2013
1. The Past and Future Las Cruces Adobe Marker
Inscription. The California Department of Parks and Recreation has been awarded a federal TEA (Transportation Enhancement Activities) grant to fund the restoration of the Las Cruces Adobe. You may see historians, archaeologists and architects on site researching and documenting the history of the adobe, in preparation for completing the preliminary planning and working drawings. Our goal is to reopen the stabilized and restored 19th century adobe as a local historical landmark.

Revealing the Past

The Las Cruces Adobe is thought to have been built by Jose Antonio Cordero between 1846 and 1857. In 1861, the adobe was enlarged and remodeled as a stage station in order to accommodate travelers on the new wagon road that linked Los Angeles with San Luis Obispo. As the settlement of Las Cruces grew, the adobe changed owners and uses. It served as a post office, polling place, an inn and as a family dwelling. Rumors circulated that it was also once a brothel and whiskey emporium. Railroad expansion in the late 19th century and the stage line closure in 1901 brought a decline to Las Cruces. By the 1930s the abandoned adobe had deteriorated significantly.

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Chipped stone projectile points were often attached to arrowshafts or were used as knives.
Stone beads served the Chumash as money
Las Cruces Adobe, 1938 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 30, 2013
2. Las Cruces Adobe, 1938
Close-up of image on marker
in their bartering. The more rare the raw material, the more valuable the bead was considered.
Lacking steel needles or drill bits, the Chumash used antlers, stones and other natural materials to puncture wood, shells and buckskin.

The Coastal Chumash lived here when the Great Wall of China (cir. 240 B.C.) was being built. They were in this area 1,200 years later, at the height of the Mayan Civilization and they met the Spanish explorers here in the 18th century. Why did the Chumash live here? What basic needs for life were they able to find here for more than 2,000 years?
 
Erected by California State Parks.
 
Location. 34° 30.524′ N, 120° 13.691′ W. Marker is near Buellton, California, in Santa Barbara County. Marker can be reached from San Julian Road half a mile south of California Route 1. Click for map. Marker may be accessed from trail at west end of parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Buellton CA 93427, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Las Cruces The Crosses (here, next to this marker); Gaviota Pass (approx. 1.6 miles away); Arroyo Hondo Fish Passage & Upstream Habitat Restoration
The Past and Future Las Cruces Adobe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 30, 2013
3. The Past and Future Las Cruces Adobe Marker
Las Cruces Adobe in background behind the trees
(approx. 5.6 miles away); Mission Santa Ines (approx. 7.9 miles away); La Purisima Mission - 1 Mile (approx. 14.7 miles away); La Purisima Mission State Historic Park (approx. 15.7 miles away).
 
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Las Cruces Adobe under Protective Roof image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 30, 2013
4. Las Cruces Adobe under Protective Roof
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 316 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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