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History 101

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

Courthouse Mural Room Artist

This panorama in the S.B. County Courthouse is the work of Daniel Sayre Groesbeck (1879-1950). Read story.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Santa Maria Inn

What is the history of the Santa Maria Inn? Read story.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Rincon Point Road


The tremendous growth in the popularity of the automobile in the first decade of the 1900s spurred a movement to construct a decent road in the area around Rincon Point. Read story.

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Callahan Building

This four-story building was built shortly after the June 1925 earthquake. Read story.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Leopold Stokowski

For almost 20 years, famed orchestra leader Leopold Stokowski maintained a home in Montecito. Read story.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Frank Lloyd Wright

His commission for a home near the intersection of Hot Springs and Summit roads was his first in the state and the only one on the South Coast. Read story.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Shepard's Inn

The hotel was known for its wonderful home-cooked meals, made with farm-fresh ingredients. Read story.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Who was Davy Brown?

The hunter/outdoorsman lived in this area in a wooden cabin in the late 1800s. Read story.

Monday, September 26, 2011

What Is a Vaquero?

The legacy of their horsemanship and craft remains a vital part of the story of Old California. Read story.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Park Lane

What is the history of the Montecito estate? Read story.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sheriff James Ross

Scotsman Ross made a number of improvements to the force and worked hard to eliminate corruption. Read story.

Saturday, August 27, 2011
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