Near Buellton in Santa Barbara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Past and Future Las Cruces Adobe
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.
Chipped stone projectile points were often attached to arrowshafts or were used as knives.
Stone beads served the Chumash as money
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. Touch 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 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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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 31, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 340 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 31, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.