History 101

Los Baños del Mar

Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Bennett opened the city’s first bathhouse near the foot of Bath Street in 1873. Read story.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Who Was Ned McGowan?

Banished from S.F., the fugitive fled to Santa Barbara into hiding. Read story.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Balloon Races

In September 1890, a large crowd gathered to watch a young circus performer achieve aerial feats of derring-do dangling from a hot air balloon. Read story.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Avery Brundage

Avery Brundage was president of the International Olympic Committee from 1952 to 1972. He bought his first home in Montecito in 1941. Read story.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Buellton became the seventh incorporated city in the county in 1992, but its history goes back quite a bit further. Read story.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Arlington Theatre Organ

The organ arrived in Santa Barbara in 1986, all 20 tons and 7,000 pieces, deposited on the Granada Theatre stage. Read story.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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
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