History 101

The Upham Hotel

The hotel, built in 1870, is one of the oldest in Southern California. Read story.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Los Rancheros Visitadores

Every spring, the Rancheros mount up for their traditional trek through the Santa Ynez Valley. Read story.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Moody Sisters

The Moody homes are among the most prized properties on the South Coast, and the Moody name has achieved a national reputation in architectural circles. Read story.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Brooks Institute

On October 17, 1945, Ernest H. Brooks opened his photography school in an upstairs office at 903 State Street. Read story.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Solvang's Beginnings

The Danish-American colony of Solvang was founded primarily through the efforts of three men: Benedict Nordentoft, J. M. Gregersen, and Peter Hornslyd. Read story.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


The town was established in 1881 and is the oldest in the Santa Ynez Valley. Read story.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Bishop García Diego

Founded in 1959, Bishop García Diego High School was named after California’s first Roman Catholic bishop. Read story.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


The City of Guadalupe, located west of Santa Maria off Highway 166, was founded in 1873 and takes its name from Rancho Guadalupe. Read story.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Flying Bauhaus Brothers

Among the most significant early aviation figures with a South Coast connection were Frank and his three brothers. Read story.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara was a short-lived publication of the Chamber of Commerce of Santa Barbara County. The first issue appeared in January 1906, the last early in 1907. Read story.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Trinity Episcopal Church Origins

In 1912, two Pasadena architects designed a magnificent native sandstone structure at 1500 State Street. Read story.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Isobel Field

She was an artist and writer enfolded in a familial embrace of art and literature. Read story.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Founding of Westmont

In 1945, school representatives purchased the 125-acre estate, El Tejado, from Charles Holland for $125,000. Read story.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Caesar’s Alley

The thruway was a narrow, unmarked walkway, just above 720 State Street, which ran into the southern end of Plaza de la Guerra. Read story.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Pen-and-Ink Drawing of S.B.

In 1844, a Swede by the name of G.M. Waseurtz af Sandels captured Santa Barbara while traveling through California in the years 1842-43. Read story.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
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