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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Santa Barbara, California

Clickable Map of Santa Barbara County, California and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Santa Barbara County, CA (119) Kern County, CA (309) San Luis Obispo County, CA (89) Ventura County, CA (110)  SantaBarbaraCounty(119) Santa Barbara County (119)  KernCounty(309) Kern County (309)  SanLuisObispoCounty(89) San Luis Obispo County (89)  VenturaCounty(110) Ventura County (110)
Location of Santa Barbara, California
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1California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — "St. Barbara"Santa Barbara's Six Pound Gun
This cannon is a replica of one of the six pound bronze guns supplied to the U.S. revenue cutter "Lawrence” when it served under the command of Captain Ottinger, patrolling the California Coast from 1843 to 1851. Gun powder was poured into . . . Map (db m161482) HM
2California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — 306 — Burton Mound
Thought to have once been the Indian Village of Syujtun, this site has yielded some of the most important archeological evidence found in California. In 1542 the village was recorded by Cabrillo while on his Voyage of Discovery, and again, in 1769, . . . Map (db m137508) HM
3California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — 308 — Casa Covarrubas
Built by Indian labor in 1817 for Don Domingo Carrillo, whose daughter married Don Jose Maria Covarrubias in 1838. Descendants of these families, many of them leaders in public affairs, occupied this house for over a century. Don Jose Maria was the . . . Map (db m50550) HM
4California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — 307 — De La Guerra Plaza1850 - 1950
Near this site August 26, 1850, two weeks before California Statehood, duly elected common council, City of Santa Barbara, held first official meeting. Here in 1875, first City Hall erected and area still center of city's governmental activities. . . . Map (db m50548) HM
5California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Don Jose Francisco De Ortega1734-1798
Chief Scout for Gaspar de Portolá. Ortega assisted with the founding of Mission San Buenaventura and established the presidio at Santa Barbara where he served as commandant from 1781-1784. Husband of Doña María Carrillo.Map (db m131602) HM
6California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — El Capitán Portolá
El Capitán Portolá of the Royal Spanish Army camped here with his party on August 18, 1769 on his trip to establish California as a colony of Spain.Map (db m167407) HM
7California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — First Ruling Sovereign of Europe to Visit America
In appreciation of the choice of Santa Barbara by the first ruling sovereign of Europe to visit America, Albert the First, heroic King of the Belgians - Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Brabant October 11-13-1919.Map (db m143975) HM
8California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Fly To-DayThe Greatest Sport of All
On this site, from 1916 to 1921, some of the finest airplanes in early American aviation were built. John K. Northrup, a 1919 Santa Barbara High School graduate, joined with Allan and Malcolm Loughead (later known as Lockheed) to build the . . . Map (db m161410) HM
9California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — 721 — Hill-Carrillo Adobe
Built in 1826 by Daniel Hill of Massachusetts for his bride Rafaela Luisa Ortega y Olivera, granddaughter of José Francisco Ortega, founder and first Comandante of the Royal Presidio of Santa Barbara. Later occupied by the family of Guillermo . . . Map (db m50559) HM
10California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Historic Capstan
John Peck Stearns arrived in Santa Barbara in 1867 and built the town's first lumber mill. Frustrated with the rickety wharf at the foot of Chapala Street, Stearns built his own wharf, which soon created an economic boom for Santa . . . Map (db m161726) HM
11California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Hotel Virginia
The Hotel Virginia at 17 West Haley Street was originally built in 1916 as a two-story brick hotel by Charles Maas, with a third story addition in 1925. Haley at this time was a residential street with small redwood homes set on large lots. The . . . Map (db m106957) HM
12California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — In Honor of Gov. Gaspar de Portola
His officers and soldiers and Fray Juan Crespi (diarist) the first white men to march through the wilderness of California. Arrived at Santa Barbara Aug. 18-20, 1769, and camped in this vicinity.Map (db m131711) HM
13California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Janssens-Orella Adobe House Site
An adobe house was built here in 1857 where Don Agustin Janssens, a Belgian, and his wife, Maria Antonia Pico, lived into the 1870s. Janssens, a frequent office holder in the region, had arrived in California in 1834. Don Bruno F. Orella, a native . . . Map (db m106411) HM
14California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Jose Francisco De Ortega
1769 Jose Francisco De Ortega discovers San Francisco Bay 1782 First Comandante Presidio of Santa BarbaraMap (db m162328) HM
15California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Jose Lobero's Opera House1873
On this site, February 22, 1873, Jose Lobero, impressario and musician, opened the first legitimate theatre in southern California. The Lobero continues to serve the cultural interests of Santa Barbara one hundred years later.Map (db m50920) HM
16California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Juana MariaThe Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island
Indian woman abandoned on San Nicolas Island eighteen years. Found and brought to Santa Barbara by Capt. George Nidever in 1853.Map (db m157886) HM
17California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Los Baños del Mar PoolOpened April 1939
The present Los Baños del Mar Pool represents the third public facility to be situated in the Plaza del Mar Park area. In November 1899, the bathhouse site property was deeded to the Santa Barbara County Chamber of Commerce through the probate . . . Map (db m167411) HM
18California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — 309 — Mission Historical ParkThe City of Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Mission was founded December 4, 1786. Portions of five units of its extensive water works, built by Indian labor, are preserved in this park - a filter house, Spanish grist mill, sections of aqueducts, and two reservoirs. The larger . . . Map (db m147959) HM
19California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Moorish Fountain and Indian Community Laundry
Built in 1808 En beneficio de la humanidad by the Franciscan Padres Map (db m135280) HM
20California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Moreton Bay Fig Tree
In 1876, a visiting sailor presented the seedling of this Moreton Bay Fig Tree to a little girl who planted it at 201 State Street. When the girl moved away a year later, her friend Adeline Crabb relocated the sapling to the location before you. . . . Map (db m115203) HM
21California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Myron HuntArchitect — 1868-1952 —
Myron Hunt was one of the leading architects involved in the development of regional architecture for Southern California. The classical Mediterranean look of most of the important public buildings and large residential estates has . . . Map (db m147419) HM
22California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — 361 — Old Lobero Theatre
Jose Lobero opened the region's first legitimate theatre on this site February 22, 1873. For many years the old theatre was the center of social life in Santa Barbara. A new Lobero Theatre, opened in 1924 on the same site, continues to serve the . . . Map (db m126018) HM
23California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — 1 — Old Stagecoach Route1861 - 1901
"The first overland stage coach arrived in Santa Barbara on Monday evening, April 1, 1861, celebrated by firing of cannon, etc." Many of Santa Barbara County's own stage coach runs started from this spot which marks the location of the . . . Map (db m161817) HM
24California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — President Reagan Meets Queen Elizabeth II
In commemoration of the historic meeting in Santa Barbara of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and His Royal Highness the Prince, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh with the President of the United States, Ronald W. . . . Map (db m135686) HM
25California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Private Railcar Spurs1905
Constructed with the Southern Pacific Depot in 1905, these two railroad spurs are the sole reminder of the turn-of-the century days when wealthy travelers arrived in Santa Barbara in their private Pullman railcars to spend the winter. These private . . . Map (db m138508) HM
26California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Richard Henry Dana, Jr.(1815 - 1882)
First arrived in Santa Barbara Harbor in 1835 on the brig Pilgrim after 150 days at sea from Boston. Best known for his classic work Two Years Before the Mast. Dana, a Harvard graduate, vividly recalled life in California's . . . Map (db m161719) HM
27California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Rochin-Birabent Adobe
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28California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Sambo's Birthplace
On this location - June 17, 1957 the first of Sambo's nationwide chain of family restaurants opened its doors.Map (db m51119) HM
29California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Has been designated a National Historic Landmark This courthouse complex possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States Of America The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is a superlative example of . . . Map (db m135167) HM
30California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — 1037 — Santa Barbara County Courthouse
The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is one of America's finest representations of Spanish-Andalusian architecture in a public structure. It stands as the prized jewel of the county whose people it serves and whose visitors it delights. After . . . Map (db m135171) HM
31California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Santa Barbara Mission Early Water SupplyHistoric Civil Engineering Landmark
The original water supply for the Santa Barbara Mission is an outstanding example of an early water system in Southern California. It was constructed by the Native Americans under the direction of the Franciscan Padres. Constructed in . . . Map (db m147954) HM
32California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Santa Barbara Mission Lavanderia
This clothes washing basin or lavanderia was built by the Chumash Indians of Santa Barbara Mission village in 1808. Not all missions built such a structure. The Chumash particularly valued cleanliness and worked to construct this lavanderia . . . Map (db m135254) HM
33California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Santa Barbara PresidioFounded 1782
This tablet marks the southeasterly boundary of the Santa Barbara Presidio founded in 1782 by Gov. Felipe de Neve and Capt. Jose Francisco Ortega in command of fifty soldiers accompanied by Fray Junipero Serra who dedicated the site.Map (db m128224) HM
34California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Santa Barbara Veterans' Memorial Building
This memorial honors the residents of Santa Barbara County, who as members of the United States Armed Forces, died in the service of their country in peace and in war. 473 Santa Barbara County residents are known to have made the ultimate . . . Map (db m72034) WM
35California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Santa Barbara's First People
For over 10,000 years prior to European settlement in the late 18th century, Native American peoples of the South Coast lived close to nature in a bountiful land. From 15,000 to 20,000 people speaking Chumash languages populated over 150 towns . . . Map (db m167405) HM
36California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — 636 — Site of Royal Spanish Presidio
This presidio was established under orders of King Carlos III, April 19-21, 1782, by Governor Felipe De Neve, Padre Junipero Serra and Lieutenant Jose Francisco Ortega, to provide the benefits of government for the inhabitants of the Santa Barbara . . . Map (db m50557) HM
37California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Stearns Wharf
John P. Stearns built Santa Barbara's major commercial wharf in 1872 with funds borrowed from W. W. Hollister. The enterprise was successful, although Stearns Wharf suffered from severe storms in 1878. Steamships brought passengers to the wharf . . . Map (db m161814) HM
38California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Stearns Wharf Fire
Stearns Wharf Fire At approximately 9:40 PM, November 18, 1998, the Fire Department received an initial report of a fire near Moby Dick Restaurant. The fire continued through the night and was extinguished by 6:45 AM. Three businesses were . . . Map (db m161428) HM
39California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — The Oreña Adobe1849
Constructed in 1849 by Don José de la Guerra, this adobe was originally used to house supplies brought in from ships anchored in the harbor. Don Gaspar Oreña bought the adobe and added the story-and-a-half portion in 1858, shortly after his . . . Map (db m106881) HM
40California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — The Pascual Botiller AdobeBuilt in 1843
Only two-story adobe remaining in Santa Barbara, occupied by descendants of the builder continuously until April 1969. Restored by Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. Perkins, new owners, 1971.Map (db m168381) HM
41California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — The Rochin Adobe
In 1856 Senor Jose Maria Rochin purchased for $30 the first parcel of land sold within the presidio boundaries. "1st day of October 1856, between the mayor and common council of the city of Santa Barbara of the first part and Jose Maria Rochin . . . Map (db m51996) HM
42California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — The Southern Pacific RR Roundhouse
This property was the site for two locomotive roundhouses constructed by the Southern Pacific Railroad. The first stood between 1911 and 1925, when the June 25, 1929, earthquake severely damaged it. Miss Pearl Chase, of the Plans and Planting . . . Map (db m147913) HM
43California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — This Street Name Anapamu
This street name Anapamu meaning "Rising Place" referred to a prominent hill upon which was situated a shrine where local Chumash Indian people gathered to worship powerful supernatural beings in the world above. The shrine was considered holy . . . Map (db m161435) HM
44California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Trades Union Building
Between 1961 and 2002 the Trades Union Building at 417 Chapala Street served as a headquarters for Santa Barbara building trades unions. The unions' offices were housed in a building designed by the architectural firm of Arendt, Mosher and . . . Map (db m161440) HM
45California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — 559 — Trussell-Winchester Adobe
Built in 1854 by Captain Horatio Gates Trussell of Orland, Maine. Partly constructed of material from wreck of the S.S. Winfield Scott on Anacapa Island. Acquired by the Winchesters in 1882. Bequeathed in 1955 to the Santa Barbara Historical Society . . . Map (db m50556) HM
46California (Santa Barbara County), Santa Barbara — Tympanum
The wood carving above was designed by Carleton M. Winslow and executed by Marshall Laird. At the center is the coat-of-arms of the city, on either side are figures of Plato and Aristotle. Surrounding the center are the shields of four . . . Map (db m130660) HM
May. 9, 2021