• While every proud Santa Barbaran knows that our town is full of a lot of firsts, (the first Egg Mc Muffin, the first Sambo’s, the first hydraulic brakes (whatt???), the first taste of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing, the first Decker’s flip flops…) many people are probably unaware that our community also produced the first (and to date only) Hispanic Governor of American California. His name was Romualdo Pacheco. This is his official State portrait. Born Jose Antonio Romualdo Pacheco Jr. on October 31, 1831, most likely at the Santa Barbara Presidio, he was the second son of Captain Jose […]
  • As we continue on our systematic trek through Montecito, we recently passed through what local real estate agents refer to as the “Hedgerow District”, or some similar designation. We’ve always known of the Hedgerows in Montecito, and even spent quite a bit of time wandering around in them in decades past; but until now we never cared too much about where they begin and where they end. Some will probably take issue with our boundaries, but we feel like the Hedgerows now comprise the area shown in this map – the north/south borders are Mimosa Lane and No. Jameson; […]
  • While wandering the streets of Montecito last week we came upon a relic we’ve whizzed by in our cars hundreds of times over that past decades. It’s located off of Hot Springs Road between Pepper Lane and School House Road, but closer to Pepper Lane. Walking along with little more to do than observe and wonder, the old leaning water tower took on a beauty we’d never before known her to possess. For one thing she looked more fragile than ever, leaning much more than we’d previously noticed. We also appreciated her humble appearance and her obvious historical significance. […]
  • With Earth Day celebrations in full gear in our backyard, we decided to head to a quieter hike zone in Montecito. Originally we had planned to hike a few of the streets, in our quest to walk every street in Montecito. But soon we discovered that much of the most delightful hiking in Montecito is found along trails that intersect the public roadways. We started by exploring the Hedgerows, and soon wound up on San Leandro Lane, which happens to be the old stompin’ grounds for the UH back in the late 1960′s and 70′s. And so, we happily […]
  • The Urban Hikers checked out City properties recently deemed worthy of being added to the City's Potential Historic Resources List, as well as those that got the axe.
  • Over the years we’ve heard stories about the day a snowstorm hit Santa Barbara, but until recently we’d never spoken to anyone with a first hand account. Last week while talking with a SB native and Edhat subscriber, we got the scoop and dates of the storm. This made our research pretty simple. But we have only been able to round-up a few images of the snowstorm of 1949, all of which were published in the Santa Barbara News-Press. We are certain that other photos exist in old photo albums or on the walls of homes throughout town, and […]
  • By now most of us know that the “Chromatic Gate” (love it or hate it) is under restoration. The “Chromatic Gate” is the massive rainbow sculpture that sits at the bottom of Calle Puerta Villarta, just across the street from Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort. What you may not know is that the creator of that sculpture, Herbert Bayer, was a true Renaissance man, a member of our community and a highly regarded international artist. True, his “Chromatic Gate” may not be the most popular of his creations, but we are lucky to have it, and even luckier that some […]