The History of Kate Bell's Cactus

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The History of Kate Bell's Cactus
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By Tom Modugno of Goleta History

Watch below to learn the history of Kate Bell's nearly 100-year-old cactus patch underneath the Sandpiper Golf Course in Goleta.

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El Barbareno Jul 29, 2019 09:48 AM
The History of Kate Bell's Cactus

Captain Nishino was a career officer in the Imperial Japanese Navy. Although a Japanese oil tanker captain might have fallen into the cactus, it wasn't Nishino, The legend of Nishino dates back to the 1950s, way before the People Magazine article. Also, the name "Luton" is pronounced "Lewton". Old timers will remember Bill Luton who owned KEYT for many years and Rancho San Juan.

a-1569138711 Jul 28, 2019 08:43 PM
The History of Kate Bell's Cactus

Absolutely fascinating. Is there really any truth to the tale of Nishino falling into the cactus patch? What I find truly dismaying about Nishino's attack at Ellwood is this one eternally shameful result (according to Wikipedia):--------- "The reports of Nishino's attack caused hundreds to flee inland; many feared that the event was a prelude to a full-scale attack on the West Coast of the United States. Since several people in Santa Barbara claimed to have seen "signal lights", a blackout was ordered for the rest of the night. The baseless claims of "signals" were used to justify Franklin D. Roosevelt's controversial internment of Japanese Americans, which began just one week later."

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