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Chumash Indian Village—For many centuries prior to the arrival of the Spanish in the late 1700s, Santa Barbara County was home to a large Chumash Indian population. Valleys such as this one were often the . . . — — Map (db m67196) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m67195) HM
The moniker "World's Safest Beach” was initially used in the
1920's to attract visitors to Carpinteria's pristine beaches,
made "safe” by the sheltering Channel Islands. It later came
to be embraced by the local community as an . . . — — Map (db m147472) HM
The Bauhaus Brothers: Frank, Jack, Louis, and Will, pioneered
aviation in the Valley in 1919. Perfecting a new fuselage design
fashioned after barrel staves, their B-3 "Flying Keg” biplane
was lighter and faster than its popular contemporary, . . . — — Map (db m173762) HM
The Henry Fish Seed Company Packinghouse
For nearly a century, the Henry Fish Seed Company packinghouse stood on this site. Built in 1910 to replace a smaller facility, the packinghouse handled the yearly shipment of thousands of . . . — — Map (db m152496) HM
In 1769 a Spanish expedition led by Gaspar de Portolá discovered Chumash Indians building tomols, or plank canoes on the beach below their village. The Indians were caulking their tomols with asphaltum that came from natural oil seeps in the sand. . . . — — Map (db m165568) HM
The Chumash Indian Village of "Mishopshnow," discovered by Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo, August 14, 1542, was located one-fourth mile southwest of here. Fray Juan Crespi of the Gaspar de Portola expedition named it "San Roque," August 17, 1769. Portola's . . . — — Map (db m138529) HM
The Chumash Indian Village of "Mishopshnow," discovered by Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo, August 14, 1542, was located one-fourth mile southwest of here. Fray Juan Crespi of the Gaspar de Portola expedition named it "San Roque," August 17, 1769. Portola's . . . — — Map (db m147308) HM
Planted from a slip of Mission variety grape, this single vine eventually grew to cover half an acre, its massive trunk reaching nearly 10 feet in diameter. Its shady arbor was used as the county’s first polling place and as a site for social . . . — — Map (db m165569) HM
Oral tradition holds that this tree survives from the naming of "La Carpinteria” - the Carpenter Shop - on August 17, 1769 when the Portolá Expedition observed the Chumash building plank canoes at this site. — — Map (db m137942) HM
One of Carpinteria Valley's earliest American settlers, Russel Heath, built a two-story adobe home here in 1858. Heath served as Santa Barbara's district attorney, first
elected sheriff, and California state legislator. Heath planted his original . . . — — Map (db m147603) HM
Arroyo Hondo creek has the best habitat on the south coast of Santa Barbara County for the endangered Southern California Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss). This native fish spends part of its life in freshwater streams like this one, and part . . . — — Map (db m71951)
In 1868 this tavern was known as "Cold Spring Relay Station". It was the half-way stop between "Mattei's Tavern" to the north, and Patrick Kinevan's "Summit House" to the south.
In those days sturdy stagecoaches known as "mudwagons" traveled . . . — — Map (db m171314) HM
Santa Barbara Airport Terminal is hereby named Earle Ovington Terminal in recognition of his outstanding contributions to aviation and his part in the development of aviation in Santa Barbara.
Earle Ovington was the first pilot to carry air . . . — — Map (db m67194) HM
Here on Christmas Day, 1846 natives and soldiers from the Presidio of Santa Barbara lay in ambush for Lt. Col. John C. Fremont, U.S.A. and his battalion. Advised of the plot, Fremont was guided over the San Marcos Pass by Benjamin Foxen and his son . . . — — Map (db m159869) HM
On this site stands Goleta Depot, an enduring tribute to many who, with generous gifts of love, time, and resources made possible its acquisition, restoration, and maintenance as Santa Barbara County Landmark No. 22.
Built in 1901 near South . . . — — Map (db m176316) HM
Built in 1875 by Thomas Hope of Ireland, the house was headquarters for the 4500-acre sheep ranch. The house, which was designed by Peter Barber, was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. George Obern in 1967 and restored to near original condition. — — Map (db m106424) HM
On February 23, 1942, at 7:00 PM, during one of President Roosevelt's Fireside Chats,
the Japanese submarine I-17 shelled this Richfield Oil Field site with 25 5-inch rounds.
Not since the War of 1812 had the U.S. mainland been attacked by a . . . — — Map (db m143317) HM
This Building Was Originally Constructed in the 1920's by Earle Ovington on the Present-Day Santa
Barbara Community Golf Course as a Private Hangar for His Biplane. He Was the First Pilot to
Officially Carry U.S. Mail by Air in 1911. The Site Was . . . — — Map (db m161408) HM
Built in 1912 by Ercolina Forni and Bergam
Carenini. First known as Palace Hotel. Sold
in 1944 to Elvezia and Angelo Ferrari. In
1958 purchased by Rosalie and Clarence
Minetti with Betty Jean and Richard
Maretti. This tavern has become . . . — — Map (db m161383) HM
Greater love has no man than this, that a
man lay down his life for his friends.
Dedicated to the American people in memory,
the spirit of the Vietnam veteran.
Dedicated by friends
SSgt James C Dorsi
1/18th Armored Cav A Troop 64/70 . . . — — Map (db m161698) WM
Established, December 8, 1787, by Father Lasuen. Damaged by earthquake, 1812; removed from control of Franciscans, abandoned 1834. State and National Park Service restoring major and many small structures, and water system. Only example in . . . — — Map (db m150261) HM
Established December 8, 1787, by Father Lasuen. Damaged by earthquake, 1812; removed from control of Franciscans, abandoned 1834. State and National Park Service restoring major and many small structures, and water system. Only example in California . . . — — Map (db m150262) HM
Across this bridge lies California's eleventh mission and a glimpse of life during the 1820's. The Civilian Conservation Corps restored the buildings and grounds between 1934 - 1941. We hope you enjoy your visit to the past. — — Map (db m11116) HM
Mission La Concepcion Purisima de Maria Santisima (Mission of the Immaculate Conception of most Holy Mary) was founded by Father Presidente Fermn de Lasuen on Dec. 8, 1787 at what is now Locust Avenue and F Street. It was the eleventh of 21 . . . — — Map (db m70318) HM
The ruins at this site are part of the original Mission La Purisima, founded by Padre Fermin de Lasuen on December 8, 1787, as the 11th in the chain of Spanish missions in California. The mission was destroyed by earthquake on December 21, 1812; the . . . — — Map (db m50517) HM
In memory of the tragedy of
Point Pedernales / Honda Point
8 September 1923
USS S.P. Lee
Dedicated 8 September 1983
by the American Legion . . . — — Map (db m70358) HM
On this site the original 1880 Union Hotel served as telegraph
office and Wells, Fargo & Company's stagecoach stop. Destroyed
by fire in 1893, reconstructed and restored in 1915, the old hotel
serviced stagecoach and early railroad passengers . . . — — Map (db m150260) HM
Built in 1880 by Alfed Newman
In 1900 the store was purchased by Max King and renamed "The Emporium"
It became the property of Mr. and Mrs. G. Harold Mather in 1971 when they restored it to its original character and charm. — — Map (db m161422) HM
Established in 1880, the original Union Hotel burned in 1893 but was rebuilt in 1915. The previous and present structures have been a part of Santa Barbara County history for over a century. The Union Hotel has hosted, and withstood, generations of . . . — — Map (db m143887) HM
Los Olivos lies on rancho land originally granted by
Governor Micheltorena in 1843.
1861 marks the year that Overland Stage Coach Line
first traveled to Los Olivos. 1868 was the year that the Overland Stage first traveled over San Marcos Pass . . . — — Map (db m161827) HM
Built in 1885, this redwood home is the
oldest wood struçture in the Santa Ynez
Valley. Alden Boyd, from Albany NY,
built his home on its original home site
on Alamo Pintado Rd. near the township
of Ballard. Boyd planted 5,000 olive . . . — — Map (db m161708) HM
Spudded September 26, 1905, and completed April 30, 1906, is the first oil well in which a water shut-off was attained by pumping cement through the tubing and behind the casing--forerunner of the modern cementing technique.
It was drilled by . . . — — Map (db m50516) HM
By being the sole woman to join the Bidwell - Barttleston Party. The earliest organized overland immigrant party into California. Nancy Kelsey became the first American woman to come across the plains and transverse the rugged Sierra Nevada. She . . . — — Map (db m101142) HM
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
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 m178191) 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
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
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
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
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
The Southern Pacific Railroad erected this handsome building in 1905 to serve the growing Santa Barbara community and its resort hotels. The architect was Francis W. Wilson of Santa Barbara. Designed in the Mission Revival style, the station has . . . — — Map (db m176721) 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
This redwood frame chapel, erected in 1875 by Frederick and Ramona Foxen Wickenden for area residents, illustrates the transition between the architecture of the old missions and the frame churches of the later American settlers. It is a unique . . . — — Map (db m50560) HM
On this site September 28, 1905 representatives of the Masonic Grand Lodge of California convened to place the cornerstone of the first Masonic temple in Santa Barbara County.
Among those famous representatives present were Edward H. Hart, acting . . . — — Map (db m162353) HM
In memory of William Alvin Newton
Father, Husband and Firefighter
On April 25, 1970, on this site,
Firefighter Newton made the ultimate
sacrifice to the community,
giving his life fighting the Bradley Hotel fire.
Fireman's . . . — — Map (db m162079) HM
The Long House was built in 1885 by John and Annie Long. John operated a blacksmith shop
in Santa Maria until 1920. After John and Annie died, their children, Sadie Elizabeth and
Charles, and their descendants lived in the house until 1960. The . . . — — Map (db m161398) HM
The original Masonic cornerstone was
dedicated October 1908 by Dr. W.T. Lucas,
past Grand Master of Masons in California
and the officers of Santa Maria's
Hesperian Lodge #264, E.&A.M.
A $10,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie financed
Santa . . . — — Map (db m161711) HM
Santa Maria's oldest home built circa 1877
on the northeast corner of Broadway and Church Street
for pioneers Reuben and Harriet Hart.
Moved to this site and restored by
the Santa Maria Valley Historical Society.
(Council and Committee . . . — — Map (db m161696) HM
This burial ground contains the remains of many of Santa Maria's pioneer families. Completed in 1881 the I.O.O.F. and F&A.M. cemetery replaced the city's
original Thornburg-Jones cemetery established in 1872. Removal of all remains
to the new . . . — — Map (db m161402) HM
A $10,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie financed Santa
Maria's first public library in 1908. The Ladies Literary Society, now the Minerva Club, began the effort with letters to the steel magnate in 1901, and later enlisted the City Council's help. . . . — — Map (db m162068) HM
In honor of
who served our nation
from 1946-1991. They
maintained our defense and
readiness during times of
extreme world tension. They
often put their lives in peril
for the good of our country.
Our nation's peace . . . — — Map (db m161504) WM
In honor of the
Santa Maria Valley veterans
who gave their lives for our
country during the Korean War
Aguirre, Richard C.
Age 22 - U.S. Marine Corps
Epp, William George
Age 21 - U.S. Marine Corps
Kelley, Robert G.
Age 21 - U.S. . . . — — Map (db m161488) WM
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