History 101

Paul Whiteman: The King of Jazz

From Puccini to Gershwin, he had an ear for talent. Read story.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Early Banks and Banking in Santa Barbara

The 19th century saw silver, gold, and even cattle hides used as media of exchange; paper currency and banks arrived later in the century. Read story.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Delights of Diehl's Grocery

John, Edward, and William Diehl's grocery story was known for dazzling displays of fresh and exotic items. Read story.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The History Behind Street Names

How Salsipuedes and Quarantina streets got their names. Read story.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Other House at Bellosguardo

Before the Clark mansion was built, the bluff top was home to the William Miller Graham family. Read story.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Coral Casino

Built by the imperious Robert Odell, the Biltmore's adjunct club hosted debutantes and movie stars. Read story.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Alpheus Thompson

Built one of the first Monterey-style adobes in California. Read story.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Theodore Roosevelt Visits Santa Barbara

Presidents have been not been strangers to Santa Barbara. Read story.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Devereux Point

This area’s recent history begins in 1919 with the arrival to American shores of the wealthy Colin Campbell family. Read story.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Prynce Hopkins

The distinctive house at Garden and Pedregosa was home to Hopkins, who built Boyland at present-day Samarkand. Read story.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Henry Smith Pritchett

After moving to Santa Barbara in 1915, Pritchett undoubtedly used his influence to bring Carnegie monies to start the Community Arts Association. Read story.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Rochin Adobe

The home, built around 1856, has passed through many generations. Read story.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bomb Shelters

The Cold War and the threat of nuclear annihilation — in particular, targeting Vandenberg AFB — caused many in Santa Barbara to build fallout shelters. Read story.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Plaza Rubio

An example of early urban planning, designed by Mary Craig, the street was named after a prominent Franciscan. Read story.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

James W. Calkins House

The look of the original building was, apparently, a matter of taste. Read story.

Monday, June 9, 2014
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