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By John Wiley

Newcomers to Santa Barbara may quickly learn some "code names" that have long been familiar to many residents. We may remember the first time someone said, "APS" and noticed our quizzical expression. When they then supplied the long street name of Alameda Padre Serra, it was clear why they use the three initials instead.

But other code names like Hendry's and Wilcox might be more insider or old-timer names. Feel free to add a Comment here with your favorites.

Meanwhile here are views of "Eyelash Hill" framed by low clouds from down on the ground, and with different context from up in the air.

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EastBeach Sep 26, 2021 01:39 PM
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I heard someone refer to the area below APS near Ferrelo Rd as "Garcia Heights". Thought it was just a fancy name made up by a real estate agent. But then I went to the County's architectural archives to pull a blueprint and sure enough a survey map from the 1950's used that name. Turns out the name "Garcia Heights" has been used since at least the 1920's. I'm not an expert in title research or survey maps but you can find a lot of old place/tract names at the county's Public Works website (works best with a Microsoft browser and Excel installed on your PC) ... https://www.countyofsb.org/pwd/recorded-index.sbc

kane kena Sep 26, 2021 11:08 AM
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(1) VSR = Veronica Springs Road. LasPo = Las Positas Road. Can't say I've ever actually heard anybody refer to Hendry's as The Pit. I refuse to say re-foo-fee-o.
(2) Fun fact: the correct pronunciation of Cabrillo [sic] is cah-brill-o, not cah-bree-yo. The person referred to as Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo was in fact João Rodrigues Cabrilho, and was Portugese, not Spanish. He sailed in service of Spain, who got to write the history books.
(3) We use the palms on eyelash hill as our weather vane to check the wind direction (nearly always out of the west) and wind speed to plan our day's activities.

Byzantium Sep 25, 2021 09:24 AM
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One test was asking newcomers to pronounce Arrellaga and Micheltorena. Plus learning the little flower growing city to the north was Lom-Poke, not Lom-Pock. Besides APS, there is CVR and EVR.

a-1632622191 Sep 25, 2021 07:09 PM
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Coast Village Road
East Valley Road

thanks for starting a conversation, John.

NostraChumash Sep 25, 2021 02:19 PM
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"Lompo"..to be specific.
Means to be "In the mud".

John Wiley Sep 25, 2021 01:30 PM
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CVR & EVR? What do they refer to? As for city names, our Spanish speaking friends say GoLetAh.

sbdude Sep 25, 2021 08:30 AM
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Google Maps really screws up newcomers with their neighborhood identifications, which are often just plain wrong. North State? East San Roque?? Where do they get this stuff? Not from any longtime Santa Barbarian, that's for sure!

tagdes Sep 26, 2021 03:59 PM
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Mini haha, real estate lingo, that would be a tad later. Dixey W. Thompson arrived in 1858 and started the Ontare Ranch which comprised the San Roque-Rutherford Park district of today. This followed the fight to hold the Arroyo Burrow ranch and the posse assault on San Roque Canyon. You'd probably have to have read something in paper to glean that type of information. Walker A. Tompkins is good for people who read other than Google or Wiki.

EastBeach Sep 26, 2021 03:37 PM
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" By 1923, Stephen had laid out the Rutherford Park subdivision, featuring curving streets radiating from Argonne Circle, named in honor of the battle that took his youngest son’s life. At the time, Santa Barbara’s city limits were at Mission Creek, but Stephen successfully lobbied for the city of Santa Barbara to annex his new tract. Another major change Rutherford influenced was the continuation of State Street. When he laid out Rutherford park, State Street ended abruptly at Constance Avenue, just before Mission Creek. Hollister Avenue was the main road coming from Goleta and it made a right turn at what is today De La Vina Street. It continued on as Hollister Avenue until it reached Mission Street, when it changed into De La Vina." ...... http://goletahistory.com/stephen-rutheford/

doulie Sep 26, 2021 12:10 PM
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MINIBEAST - Thanks for the information. I'll just stick with properties being within the 0.2 square miles you ID as being "in the San Roque area." Using "Central Santa Barbara" takes me going back to the downtown area. I wouldn't be walking in Rutherford Park, "the most walkable area," much less take an unnecessary hike to "Central Santa Barbara," best known as downtown.

Minibeast Sep 25, 2021 07:17 PM
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DOULIE: As far as I can make out, "Rutherford Park" is some Real Estate lingo used to designate a certain area of Santa Barbara: "Let us introduce you to Rutherford Park, located in Central Santa Barbara, CA. Rutherford Park is a relatively small section of town composed of 0.2 square miles. This residential neighborhood is one of 41 submarkets in the greater Santa Barbara area."------ And: "Rutherford Park is the 9th most walkable neighborhood in Santa Barbara with 1,065 residents.
Rutherford Park is somewhat bikeable.
Nearby neighborhoods: La Cumbre Park, San Roque Parks, Samarkand, Foothill, Hitchcock, North State and Oak Park."----------------I never heard of it until reading about it on this thread. Wondering how many of the 1000+ people residing there actually call it "Rutherford Park" area. (sources: https://www.apartmenthomeliving.com/santa-barbara-ca/rutherford-park -------- and ------https://www.walkscore.com/CA/Santa_Barbara/Rutherford_Park

doulie Sep 25, 2021 05:16 PM
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TAGDES - Never heard anywhere in the San Roque area referred to as (east) San Roque. Where is Rutherford Park?

tagdes Sep 25, 2021 03:19 PM
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Dude, sounds like you'd better look at the map...East San Roque is called East San Roque because it's...wait for it...east of San Roque and Rutherford Park. State, although 50 degrees westerly of north is laid out to coincide with Highway 1 and 101 so as to avoid confusion throughout. Highways are numbered north to south for odd numbers and east to west for even throughout CA and the whole US. Long time Santa Barbarians and 56 year old newbies like me have always stated "northbound on State" as the LE terms de jour.

surfbum Sep 25, 2021 08:19 AM
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"The lights"...the notorious traffic lights along 101 before the crosstown freeway.

doulie Sep 26, 2021 12:20 PM
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Surf - Additional 101 crossings were on Micheltorena, Valerio & Arrellaga.

surfbum Sep 25, 2021 09:14 AM
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I believe Santa Barbara St., Anacapa, State, and Chapala were the intersections that infuriated northbound and southbound 101 commuters.

doulie Sep 25, 2021 08:59 AM
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Surf - Do you recall how far the lights stretched? Milpas to Mission?

Mesarats Sep 25, 2021 06:29 AM
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Hendry's “The Pit”, Wilcox “ the “Nursery”, anything below APS was the East Side, Lower Rivera was just real estate marketing, like now calling the West Side “Mesa Annex” Also there is a “Gravity Hill” on the ES

“The Wall” the Biltmore or Cabrillo blvd

NostraChumash Sep 25, 2021 02:22 PM
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Todd Navarro is my 1st cousin..
Used to live on Mesa sch ln. in the huge double house with the monkey in the back-yard.

4358ed Sep 24, 2021 11:26 PM
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Noleta ... a term (or area) I've yet to pinpoint other than "not in the city of Santa Barbara" ...where exactly is Noleta?

notme Sep 25, 2021 09:11 AM
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Noleta is an area usually referred to as Goleta, but it is unincorporated and the addresses are Santa Barbara, 93111. They voted against being part of Goleta because they didn't want to lose their fancy Santa Barbara addresses. I think they would like to be part of the City of Santa Barbara. I once lived on street over in Goleta, and when we rented a house on the Noleta side (one street over, remember), we even had to get a new phone number (obviously, this was a long time ago!).

John Wiley Sep 25, 2021 08:28 AM
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Isn't Noleta the area between the SB & Goleta city lines? If it ever incorporates, I wonder what name would be chosen. The area seems to have a strong independent streak, or at least an inability to choose which of the two cities to join.

Breepea Sep 24, 2021 08:40 PM
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I recently heard someone refer to the area down by Haley and Laguna st. as the “lagoon district.”

doulie Sep 24, 2021 09:02 PM
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BREE - Add Salsipuedes (get out if you can) east of Laguna. The entire area would flood during heavy rain storms.

Curmudgeon Sep 24, 2021 06:50 PM
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Coast Village and Olive Mill was called "The Bermuda Triangle" in the 80s - Nipper's, Olive Mill Bistro and Ireland's were the three places to see and be seen making the rounds with a drink and some blow.
Sheriffs used to hang at the corner gas station around closing time for easy pickin's.
Ahhh... those halcyon days!

Sun Sep 24, 2021 03:34 PM
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How about Mesa and More Mesa how did they get their names?

Ahchooo Sep 24, 2021 03:10 PM
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I’d never heard of “the eyelash,” but I like that name.

Lucky 777 Sep 24, 2021 02:46 PM
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You could have explained that the palms were installed by the notorious international arms dealer gun runner Adnan Kashoggi who built the estate on top of that hill complete with observation guard towers. I heard later that the property was sold to a former papal legate but I cannot confirm that.

tagdes Sep 24, 2021 06:11 PM
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Yes, that was the sister of the Shah of Iran that owned it, not Kashoggi. I was working there with the County and was there and talked a lot with the telephone company guys about the residence. One tower only, still there and 12' thick walls full of cables. I was dispatching during "The Paint Fire" and the power failed and they couldn't open the gate.

John Wiley Sep 24, 2021 05:40 PM
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Isn't the "Shah" story related to the second hill behind Eyelash toward Hendry's in the aerial pic?

Davidb Sep 24, 2021 04:46 PM
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Not sure if it is the same place, but I recall hearing (at the time) that a prominent estate on the hill belonged to the sister of the Shah of Iran - but that she never lived there. Can anyone else expand on that?

John Wiley Sep 24, 2021 04:05 PM
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Landscaping intrigues me, I hadn't noticed guard towers. Are they still there? "The house on the hill" is an old meme it seems, and those too interest me. When you drive across the bridge on Foothill at Stevens Park, especially heading West, the mansion on a hill seems to accent the fabulous mountain view. We have a tradition of glancing both ways on that bridge and voting on which we prefer. It's rare the mountains don't win. Does anyone prefer that bridge's panoramic view South when the islands aren't exceptionally crisp?

comment349 Sep 24, 2021 02:13 PM
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How about Henry’s, instead of Hendry’s! You know that’s what us old timers called it…

Curmudgeon Sep 24, 2021 03:26 PM
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AHCHOOO - No Henry involved. Always Hendry's after the Scottish immigrant who farmed nearby.
Newcomers to S.B. "mis-hear" the name and sometimes call it Henry's until corrected.

Ahchooo Sep 24, 2021 03:09 PM
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Was there somebody named Henry? Because I always heard it was named Hendry’s after the Hendry family. Was there a Henry Hendry?

Minibeast Sep 24, 2021 02:05 PM
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Honestly, I wish I could give credit where credit is due for this one, but I don't remember who sent this in as a Letter to the Editor, Santa Barbara News-Press, years ago. It was the shortest Letter to the Editor ever. A much-discussed subject at the time had to do with what to call unincorporated Goleta. ---------------- Someone's contribution to the discourse was this: "Why not call it 'All the Way Out to Goleta?'"

John Wiley Sep 24, 2021 05:43 PM
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Maybe AWOG made more sense before Goleta was the great little city of today, and before the freeway?

a-1632517480 Sep 24, 2021 02:04 PM
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I'm still not seeing the eyelash, where is it?

Ahchooo Sep 24, 2021 03:11 PM
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In the first photo, the fringe of palm trees seen against the sky.

John Wiley Sep 24, 2021 03:08 PM
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Eyelash views may be best from NE of Foothill at 154, at the San Marcos Foothills. The ground level view posted here is partially obscured by nearer trees. Basically, the arc of the ridge below the low cloud looks somewhat like an eyelid and the row of all palms along it look like eyelashes. Ever since Spence Sherman referred to eyelash hill during a hike with us, it has been forever transformed to yet another local attraction. Anyway ...17480 can you see it now? As to location, it's at about 34.41682, -119.74660 on gMaps.

notme Sep 24, 2021 01:09 PM
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When I moved here in 1985, and was looking for a job, and went to an agency. The man asked me if I was looking for something in the "upper State" area. I had no idea what he was talking about -- San Luis Obispo? I was living near Las Positas at the time, which was probably why he asked.

John Wiley Sep 25, 2021 08:25 AM
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Starting from Gutierrez going up State, what's the next cross street? GH COD CC FAVS MAVIPM (last one in our mnemonic is Mission). Really, nobody else can list the names without looking them up? Did anyone else have trouble at first keeping the "Ana..." street names apart, or the C...illo names?

John Wiley Sep 24, 2021 05:54 PM
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Only 3 States? We used to call the whole downtown section Altered State because a walk, bike ride or leisurely car cruise coasting down State was so interesting and relaxing. Then the "bar district" down around Cota, the distinct sections on either side of 101, the Stearn side, theater district, even Granada & Arlington each got a different character. Then we started occasionally distinguishing between the regions around each cafe or coffee shop (the De La Guerra Starbucks, Jeannine's at Ontare, etc.). Now sometimes we resort to the approximate State St. block number (800, etc.). When first here, we made up a way to remember State cross street names: GH COD CC FAVS MAVIPM (can you fill in all the names without looking them up?).

SBSand Sep 24, 2021 05:27 PM
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Growing up LOWER State was Mission to the beach and then it was just State and then it became UPPER State starting around Las Positas to where it becomes Hollister...

doulie Sep 24, 2021 03:29 PM
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John - Probably a few correct guesses. I would go with the area above Alamar as "upper State Street." The streets on either side of "upper State" are referred to as "the north end."

doulie Sep 24, 2021 03:14 PM
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"Lower State," Ortega or Cota Street to 101? I don't recall any designation for the area between 101 and Cabrillo Blvd., the area by "the tracks," in reference to the train. Anyone know for certain the area on the east side referred to as "The Chorizo" or "El Chorizo." I believe it was a small row of houses with a driveway accessed off E. Gutierrez Street, north side, between Salsipuedes and Quarantina Streets.

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