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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Santa Barbara, California
Location of Santa Barbara, California
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|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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|
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|
|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|
| 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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
1769 Jose Francisco De Ortega discovers San Francisco Bay
1782 First Comandante Presidio of Santa Barbara — — Map (db m162328) HM|
|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|
|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|
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|
|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|
Built in 1808
En beneficio de la humanidad
by the Franciscan Padres — — Map (db m135280) HM|
|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|
| 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|
|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|
|"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|
|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|
|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|
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|
| . . . — — Map (db m52073) HM|
|On this location - June 17, 1957 the first of Sambo's nationwide chain of family restaurants opened its doors. — — Map (db m51119) HM|
|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|
|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|
| 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|
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|
|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|
|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|
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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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|
|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|
|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|
|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|