Sparkie was recently in Santa Barbara visiting Stearns Wharf, named after its builder, local lumberman John P. Stearns. It is Santa Barbara’s most visited landmark. The wharf was completed in 1872. When the railroad reached Santa Barbara in 1877, a spur was added to the wharf providing a transport link to Stearns lumberyard and the Southern Pacific Depot. The spur was damaged by storms in the early 1900s and abandoned in 1923. A railroad logging car remains as a reminder of the times. Take a look around under the watchful eye of our tour guide Sparkie, and be ready for this week's Where's Sparkie contest running on Friday.

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