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Walks Around Santa Barbara
updated: Feb 17, 2013, 1:14 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Lately I have been driving to a location not usually visited then walking around and seeing new details and perspectives I have not noticed before.

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 COMMENT 375443P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 01:33 PM

Funny - "signalized stretches."


 COMMENT 375447P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 01:41 PM

How did the Chumash get into this?


 COMMENT 375477 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 02:37 PM

The Chumash were here first.


 COMMENT 375482P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 02:52 PM

"Dedicated to the native Chumash people and the Spanish explorers who blazed the original Camino Real through Santa Barbara" and now paved over, with tribute /recognition just an obscure plaque along a busy freeway that few people see.


 COMMENT 375497 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 03:56 PM

Now I know where to look when I forget when the last signal came down. Did UH's miss this or did I miss a bit in their photo stories. I think it's kinda cool.


 COMMENT 375509P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 05:54 PM

WOW, I remember the politcal battles fought over getting this done. Weird time in our fair city.


 COMMENT 375514 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 06:18 PM

Oddly enough, the original 101 was Guttierrez st. The placard should be close to the Strip club.


 COMMENT 375515P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 06:23 PM

I remember that the traffic signal light itself was donated to the SB Historical Museum and was on exhibit for some time after, blinking red, yellow, green in the entry foyer of the museum.


 COMMENT 375517 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 06:30 PM

Last time i was next to that sign i saw a nice log(aka turd) that i homeless guy decided to deposit onto our beautiful town.


 COMMENT 375544P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 08:44 PM

Never mind. "a view or a prospect." Just looks weird to me is all.


 COMMENT 375569P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 03:45 AM

@514: The strip club is on Montecito Street.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 07:34 AM

A carriage or wagon was used, from the Carriage Museum, to take the light to the SB Historical Museum. It was a big deal! Took 30 years for Caltrans to cave in to the will of SB; they wanted to build overhead bridges like in L.A., we said "no way". We won!


 COMMENT 375624P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 09:01 AM

Yes, good point, Flicka. Note also how our bridges are better looking than most on the freeway. We set a higher standard, a little extra money for what will be there for years - Santa Barbara has the grace, without the haste.


 COMMENT 375634 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 09:23 AM

We should all remember that a majority of the reason that the freeway is depressed was due to Jack Northrop, a SB native who after retiring from the aviation business returned to Santa Barbara. He campaigned tirelessly for a depressed freeway rather than the elevated monstrosity with red tile on it so it wouldn't be as obtrusive that the State of CA insisted was the only way the freeway could be built.

He hired his own engineers and finally proved to the State of CA that a depressed freeway WAS POSSIBLE and it's mainly due to his work and efforts that we don't look towards the ocean from the city and see a monstrosity at eye level with traffic on it.


 COMMENT 375635 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 09:25 AM

I like the original posters idea. I've lived here most of my life, but could take a cue from the UH & the OP


 COMMENT 375717 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 11:52 AM

Somewhat of an odd oxymoron. The Spanish were credited with connecting the missions they built with their "El Camino Real" via the expeditions of Padre Serra and others from San Diego to San Francisco. These same Spanish exploreres were responsible for the subjegation of native California Indians like the coastal Chumash villages ( who are not one homogeneous tribe) This went on for 200 years before Mexico took over and continued the subjegation of these remaining native peoples. Then came the Californians, who are now quick to be blamed by some historians and some fractional descendants of Indians (mostly of mixed hispanic ancestry) as being responsible for their decimation occuring much earlier at the hands of the Spanish and Mexicans. This is at the heart of the guilt trip-sympathy card played routinely for economic advantage by claimed descendants like the Santa Ynez band of mixed ancestry who now call themselves "Chumash" Indians.


 COMMENT 375744P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 12:33 PM

717 - thank you for contributing that info. Interesting and I appreciate your taking the time writing this.


 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 02:38 PM

It's so cool to have a plaque for the last light. Only in Santa Barbara


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