Way Back When: Meteor Falls in Mission Canyon

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Way Back When: Meteor Falls in Mission Canyon
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By Besty J. Green

You may or may not have spotted the distant comet that cruised by recently, but plenty of folks saw something a lot closer to home in 1914.

“Entire Northern Sky Illuminated for Several Seconds,” wrote the Santa Barbara newspaper. The meteor described as “a ball of fire that was bright even in the moonlight, is believed to have fallen in upper Mis¬sion Canyon. The aerial visitor made its appearance about 7:00 last eve¬ning and was seen and heard by several persons in the vicinity of the Old Mission … The meteor first made its appearance above Cold Springs … The meteor was in plain sight about four seconds and as it fell, there was a swishing sound … The ball of fire was about a quarter the size of the full moon, and as it disappeared, its entire course was a trail of sparks.”


Betsy's Way Back When book -- 1919 -- is now available in local bookstores and at Amazon.com. This is the sixth book in her series of the history of Santa Barbara, one year at a time. Learn more at betsyjgreen.com​.

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macpuzl Aug 01, 2020 12:15 PM
Way Back When: Meteor Falls in Mission Canyon

Curmudgeon - There have been no authenticated meteorite finds in Santa Barbara County. The closest one I've heard of was on the beach, of all places, down by Oxnard.

bjgreen Aug 01, 2020 01:00 PM
Way Back When: Meteor Falls in Mission Canyon

As far as I know, there is no evidence that a meteor actually landed in Mission Canyon in 1914. Although, I suppose it's possible that one did fall, and it has never been discovered.
Another mystery is how those odd little symbols appear in text that I copy from Word and paste in other places. See the symbol in the words "evening" and "Mission." Hmmm. Where did they come from? Aliens in our midst?

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