Movies Way Back When: An Authentic Stagecoach in the Movies

By Betsy J. Green

A historic stagecoach starred in a “Flying A” movie. Shortly after the “Flying A” folks moved to Santa Barbara in 1912, they were able to use the old Lompoc stagecoach in their films. One of the first films that the studio created here was “The Jack of Diamonds.” Some of the scenes were filmed on the stagecoach.

“The exteriors were taken in the vicinity of the Hollister Road [upper State Street], about a mile from the studio. The old stagecoach which was used in early days out of Lompoc was called into play for the first time. It will add considerable color to the story.” – Santa Barbara Morning Press, August 16, 1912

Later in 1912, the stagecoach was used again in the film “Intrusion at Lompoc,” which was filmed in Lompoc.

Betsy’s Way Back When book — Movies & Million-Dollar Mansions — is now available in local bookstores and at This is the seventh book in her series on the history of Santa Barbara. Learn more at​.


Written by bjgreen

Betsy J. Green is a Santa Barbara historian and author. Her books are available in local bookstores, and at (Shop local if you can.) Learn more at

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