Pacific coast at Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, city, seat of Santa Barbara County, southwestern California, on the Pacific Ocean; incorporated 1850. It is a resort situated on the Santa Barbara Channel at the foot of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Manufactures include aircraft and aerospace equipment, precision instruments, and electronic components; petroleum is produced offshore. The city is the seat of the University of California-Santa Barbara (1898), Westmont College (1940), Brooks Institute of Photography (1945), the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
Spanish presidio (1782) of Santa Barbara
Of interest are the beautiful Mission
Santa Barbara (1786 and still in use) and the Spanish presidio (1782), around
which the early settlement grew. The first American settler arrived here in
1816. The site was named by the Spanish explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno, who
anchored offshore on the feast day of St. Barbara in 1602.
Text from Microsoft Encarta
preparing new building blocks
ocean front park
resting along the water
sleeping in the park
modern church with Spanish style bell tower
Santa Barbara hotels
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