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Santa Barbara Then and Now – Book Signings

Santa Barbara Then and Now can be purchased at Chaucer’s Books, Santa Barbara Arts, the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, the Santa Barbara Art Museum Bookstore and Tecolote Books. It will soon be available online at http://www.elbarbareno.com Book Release Party & … Continue reading

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A Hotel in Mission Canyon?

A Hotel in Mission Canyon? By Neal Graffy XNGH December 13, 2009 For such a small piece of Santa Barbara, Mission Canyon has had just about one of everything, including, of all things, a hotel. You’d never have known it … Continue reading

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The Hotel Californian

The Hotel Californian By Neal Graffy XNGH December 13, 2009 The poor, old Californian Hotel was back in the news this week, so I thought we’d “check in” to the history of that once-proud hostelry. After nearly five months of … Continue reading

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Santa Barbara Missions You’ve Never Seen

Santa Barbara Missions You’ve Never Seen By Neal Graffy XNGH December 6, 2009 Last Friday, Mission Santa Barbara celebrated its 223rd birthday. Now, I grew up thinking, as I believe most residents also do, that the Mission we see before … Continue reading

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The Chapala Street Wharf

The Chapala Street Wharf by Neal Graffy XNGH November 8, 2009 “Back in the day” there were basically two ways to get humans and cargo to Santa Barbara. You either tossed it overboard and let it float ashore – an … Continue reading

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Just an Old Photo…

Just an Old Photo… By Neal Graffy XNGH November 1, 2009 It was just an old photograph of a Santa Barbara house and I probably could have left it at that. But for me, there’s a thousand words behind each … Continue reading

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Oliver Fountain

Oliver Fountain By Neal Graffy XNGH October 25, 2009 This week we return again to the intersection of Mountain Drive, Mission Canyon Road and technically, Los Olivos, to visit a large stack of sandstone boulders. These are usually observed as … Continue reading

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