Street Names of Santa Barbara

In 1851 the Town Council of Santa Barbara appointed a committee to apply names to the fifty-two new streets being created from “…the front of the Mission Gardens to the sea and from hill to hill on each side…” as a result of the survey of Salisbury Haley.  Unlike other towns whose streets bore the unimaginative A – Z, numbers, trees or names of presidents, they gave names to our streets that portrayed the geography and botany of our town, honored the Chumash, early settlers, governors, and showed a distinct sense of humor and in some cases, delightful sarcasm.

Author and local historian Neal Graffy shares with us the stories behind these names

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Street Names of Santa Barbara

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