History 101

Santa Barbara's First Book

E. N. Wood wrote a guidebook to the area, with unexpected words for oil slicks and earthquakes. Read story.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Julius Starke: Artisan and Woodworker

Among the many early artisans in Santa Barbara, Starke worked in native woods. Read story.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tree Planter A. Boyd Doremus

A plaque in Alameda Park recognizes Dr. Doremus's love of trees. Read story.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Did Zorro Once Live in Santa Barbara?

The popular bandit character of the '20s was partly based on Salomon Pico. Read story.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Stows of Stow House

Tragedy and innovation marked their thousand-acre ranch and its orchards. Read story.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The 'Black Filth' of Santa Barbara

Adding sewer pipes cleaned up State Street in the 1880s, for a while. Read story.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Stearns Wharf This Past Half-Century

Since World War II, Santa Barbara's wharf evolved from a center of shipping to serving visitors. Read story.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Santa Barbara's Aviation History

Early flights involved stunts and daring, and attracted crowds. Read story.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Two Years Before the Mast

Richard Henry Dana saw bestial conditions on a trip aboard the Pilgrim. Read story.

Monday, June 1, 2015

The Bandit Dick Fellows

Daring and ineptitude marked his career. Read story.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

An Infamous, Unsolved Mystery

The Trabucco murder in 1881 involved robbery, torture, and accusations. Read story.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Antecedents of Arroyo Burro Beach

The Hendrys named a beach and a blacksmith's. Read story.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Percy Heckendorf: Prosecuted Chief of Police for Corruption

And the mayor for extorting money from city employees to fund his newspaper. Read story.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Santa Barbara's Postcard Souvenirs

Billions of cards were produced and sold around the turn of the previous century. Read story.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Man Who Named Orpet Park

A second-generation gardener, E. O. became Santa Barbara's most distinguished horticulturalist. Read story.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
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