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Tarragona Open Space
updated: Apr 18, 2014, 12:19 PM

By Betsy

I would like to find out information about the Tarragona Open Space located on San Marcos Road in "Noleta."

I walk my dog there frequently and have been told that it once had a house on it, which is obvious because there is an old foundation with rock tiered gardens. It is really a lovely area, maybe 3-4 acres, with beautiful mature trees. I am curious as to what the history is and why it is called Tarragona. I

assume that is the name of the family that donated the property to the County, but I am not sure. The County's website does not give any history about the area.

Do any Edhaters have any information to share? Thanks!


The below information was provided by Mark:
The information attached comes from a document I helped to prepare: Natural Resources Advisory Committee (NRAC), 2005. County Lands Inventory with Enhancement Opportunities. Second Supervisorial District Office, Parks Dept, County of Santa Barbara, California.

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 COMMENT 511935P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-18 12:26 PM

It's also known as Blueberry Hill.


 COMMENT 511937P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-18 12:30 PM

935, Let me guess, that is where you found your thrill, right?


 COMMENT 511938 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-18 12:34 PM

Funny 937P! Another fan of Mr. Dominoe"s.


 HOLAZOLA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-18 01:37 PM

For a starter - I see a there is a map in the Walker A. Tompkins Collection at the UCSB library named:

"Tarragona, part of La Goleta Rancho, surveyed by W. H. Woodbridge, 1888"


 KDEF agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-18 03:21 PM

It is a County open space which makes it a park. The County Parks Department should have more information. I assume the name derives from the ancient city of Tarragona on the east coast of Spain. City dates from c..2,000 BC. Maybe someone involved with La Goleta Rancho thought the area looked like home.

Open Space Description:
1.52 acres lawn with view platform and benches at top of hill.

Open Space Features:
Lawn area; hilltop; benches.

In Goleta, 4900 block Cathedral Oaks to 600 block Old San Marcos Rd.

8:00 AM to Sunset

Contact Information:
(805) 681-5650


 COMMENT 512113P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-19 08:39 AM

I've also been curious about that place for years. I queried the people at the Goleta Historical Museum located at Stow House, but they didn't know anything. There are a lot of curious places in Goleta/Noleta that seem to be relegated to the ash heap of history, which is quite sad. Santa Barbara seems to get all the attention.


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