History 101

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

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
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