Eyelash Down & Up

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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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a-1632622191 Sep 25, 2021 07:09 PM
Eyelash Down & Up

Coast Village Road
East Valley Road

thanks for starting a conversation, John.

kane kena Sep 26, 2021 11:08 AM
Eyelash Down & Up

(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.

EastBeach Sep 26, 2021 01:39 PM
Eyelash Down & Up

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

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