Santa Barbara


This 96-page history of Santa Barbara includes 30 historical photos and a cover watercolor by renowned Santa Barbara landscape watercolorist Larry Iwerks. Lauded by the Independent for its readability, it is the only comprehensive history of Santa Barbara available.

From its earliest written observations by explorers and its Spanish mission days to its current growth challenges, Santa Barbara's story is rich with the characters who shaped her, from outlaws and visionaries to her love affair with the rich and famous. Learn how she almost became the movie capital instead of Hollywood, attracted the affluent ill who believed breathing her oil-slick waters would cure them, and built two amazing hotels destroyed too soon by fires. 

Challenged by isolation and a devastating earthquake and transformed into one of California's most stunning towns by tenacity and a dream, this history of Santa Barbara will inspire you to journey there as often as possible. 

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