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A view of the Valley's first town, Ballard, which included the residence of founder G.W. Lewis. The Watkins Store, the first general store in the Valley, established in 1881, can be seen in the center of this sketch which was taken from the History of Santa Barbara County, Thompson and West. (Sketch courtesy Mrs. Grace L. Davison)

A clipping from the Santa Ynez Valley News, Friday, Sept. 17, 1954 reads:

"The little town of Ballard has the distinction of being the oldest town in the Valley. 

George W. Lewis, who came to this Valley in 1860, and secured land to the extent of 800 acres, laid out and named the town  in honor of his friend, W.N. Ballard, superintendent of the stage line, which operated between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. 

The oldest buildings in the Valley, excepting old Mission Santa Ines, were the adobes known as Ballard's station. After the death of Mr. Ballard, Mr. Lewis married Mrs. Ballard and built a home in the present townsite of Ballard."

With more than 90 years as your local newspaper, today and every Thursday, to reminisce and honor the rich history of the Santa Ynez Valley, the Santa Ynez Valley News editors will reach into the archives to give you "Throwback Thursday," aka #tbtsyv.

If you would like to contribute your own piece of history, story, photo, etc., please email Lifestyle Editor Lisa André at Landre@leecentralcoastnews.com.

 

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