History 101

The Old Aguirre Adobe

Built in the late 1830s, the adobe was the most impressive home in S.B. Read story.

Monday, April 1, 2013

S.B. and the Civil War

Upon arriving home in Santa Barbara, the troop was honored with a tumultuous welcome, punctuated by music, dancing, fireworks, bullfighting, and a parade. Read story.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Katharine Dexter McCormick

Katharine Dexter McCormick was an outstanding champion of women’s political and reproductive rights. Read story.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Artist Thomas Moran

By the time of his death in Santa Barbara in 1926, Moran was known as the “dean of American artists.” Read story.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Prisoners Harbor

The harbor’s name commemorates events in 1830 that almost transformed the island into a version of Australia’s infamous Botany Bay penal colony. Read story.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Santa Barbara Burning

The Coyote Fire of September 22-October 1, 1964, would prove to be the costliest and one of the most destructive fires up to that time. Read story.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Who Was Benjamin Foxen?

He is best known in local lore for an incident during the U.S.-Mexican war of the 1840s, an incident that actually never took place. Read story.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Shipwrecks at Honda

On September 8, 1923, within five minutes, seven destroyers plowed into the jagged rocks at Honda, just north of Point Arguello. Read story.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tucker’s Grove

The popular S.B. county park was named after Reason Tucker, who arrived in the Goleta Valley in 1872. Read story.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ernest L. Thayer

"Casey at the Bat" author Ernest L. Thayer lived in Montecito Read story.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

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
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