Movies Way Back When: Unfit to be Tied
By Betsy J. Green
There were still hitching posts on State Street in 1912 when the cowboy actors from the “Flying A” rode into the city. And, apparently, there were rules about using them, according to a story in the local paper.
One of the cowboy actors, named Pete Morrison, "rode downtown yesterday morning and dropped the reins on the sidewalk while he went into a State Street store. When he came out, there was a policeman waiting.
"'This is against the traffic ordinance,' he was informed. 'What is?,' asked Mr. Morrison. 'Leaving your horse untied,' was the answer.
"‘I guess I better not ride downtown anymore if that's the case . . . That horse is bettr'n tied with the reins lying on the ground this way.'" (Santa Barbara Morning Press, July 11, 1912)
Apparently, the cowboy-actor was let off with just a warning – this time.