Way Back When: Veronica Springs Road History

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Way Back When: Veronica Springs Road History
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Disappearing trout close a popular park. Image: New York Public Library

By Betsy J. Green

Veronica Springs Road gets its name from a spring in the area that was said to be healthful and medicinal. People visited the spring to drink the water, and the Veronica Springs Company also bottled the water. But in January 1919, the spring was closed to the public because of fish filching. Someone had drained the pond there and had stolen the pet trout.

“The vandalism and thefts completed yesterday has now shut the public out forever unless passes are first obtained.”


Betsy's Way Back When book -- 1918 -- is now available in local bookstores and at Amazon.com. This is the fifth book in her series of the history of Santa Barbara, one year at a time. Learn more at betsyjgreen.com

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a-1556280594 Jan 21, 2019 07:57 PM
Way Back When: Veronica Springs Road History

Not advisable to sample local springs without first filtering, adding iodine tablet, boiling the heck out of the water or otherwise purifying it. Ever heard of giardiasis? Nasty stuff.

Channelfog Jan 19, 2019 10:45 AM
Way Back When: Veronica Springs Road History

A few decades ago there was only plywood over the spring, which was half way up one of the hills. We collected a water sample with a bottle and some line. I tasted it and it is just awful!

kane kena Jan 19, 2019 09:46 AM
Way Back When: Veronica Springs Road History

Still there. Water seeping up out of the ground all up & down Las Positas corridor below Modoc, especially after a good soaking rain but year-round in some places. "Las Positas" = "the little pools", ie: "the puddles".

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