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State Street circa 1892
updated: Feb 17, 2013, 8:13 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

For those of you who long for the good old days...Simpler times.

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 COMMENT 375320 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 08:43 AM

Good ole day & simpler times for whom?...Try being a person of ethnicity back then,as my family were.


 COMMENT 375340 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 09:14 AM

Corner of State and Carrillo. Looking to the ocean.


 COMMENT 375406 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 11:56 AM

Very cool. Is that a track for a train or trolley? I don't know when the various piers were put in, but makes sense for hauling cargo or passengers off ships.

Agree with 320, one often forgets the way non-Anglos were treated back then. My own family was subject to prejudice and the anti-Chinese laws put on the books after the gold rush. Hopefully we've become a more enlightened society. But the treatment of Americans who looked middle-eastern when 911 and the Iraq war happened a mere 10+ years ago doesn't inspire confidence. I fear for my family should conflict ever break out between the US and China.


 COMMENT 375495P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 03:44 PM

Simpler Times, hardly. That is a myth. There never were any simpler times. Life's always been tough and always will be.


 BULLSEYEB agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 07:32 PM

What is the big building on the left?


 COMMENT 375610 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 08:14 AM

1) The big building on the left is the Upper Clock Building,See page 88 of 'Santa Barbara Then & Now' for more info. The tracks are for the mule-powered trolley.
2) Unlike other towns, Santa Barbara was not hostile to the Chinese community. Though I do note there were a few laundries that proudly advertised their workers were nonChinese. 3) What is a person of ethnicity? Do the Irish, Japanese, Italians, French, Basques, Scots count as well?


 COMMENT 375625 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 09:04 AM

best argument that I have seen for a long time for our "Spanish" architecture. Should post it in the ABR's meeting room.


 RHS agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 09:42 AM

The comments on bigotry make me realize that a lot of people in SB think denial is a river in Africa.


 COMMENT 375731 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 12:14 PM

The bias and prejudice that arose after 911 was not ethnic, it was based on conduct and stated objectives of some members of a particular fanatical religous belief who often come from Middle Eastern countries. The continuing suspicions harbored by many toward these people are a result of the failure of others from those same countries and who are members of the same named religion to openly and vociferously condemn the actions and teachings of these fanatics who would justify murder of innocent people including women and children in the name of their god.


 COMMENT 375919 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 08:26 PM

Just read the info in Neal Graffys new book SB Then and Now. It's a fantastic book with such interesting information. Thx Neal!


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