Santa Ynez Valley Newspaper article from Friday, May 16, 1930.

Printed May 1930:

'Rancheros Visitadores' closed their three-day tour of Santa Ynez Valley Nojoqui Falls. The 'caballeros' who had been traveling by horseback and stage since Friday afternoon to the Dwight Murphy, J.J Mitchell and Alisal ranches, were joined at the falls park by their wives and took to motor cars for their homeward journey, traveling 40 miles an hour instead of at stage coach and wagon pace.

The stay at the Mitchell ranch Saturday night and Sunday was a feature of the outing; which was organized to put on in old-time surrounding the Old Spanish Days Fiesta ideas that give color to Santa Barbara's annual celebration.

On Saturday night many who had not time to take part in the horse-back and coach journey down the river Saturday joined the party direct from Santa Barbra traveling by car.

Saturday night and Sunday Jack Mitchell proved an ideal host as had Dwight Murphy Friday night and Saturday morning. At the Mitchell ranch, coaches, cars, and horses were kept in continual service transporting guests about the ranch in the evening and on the following morning.

No mishaps marred the travel. The beauty of the scenes along the river and of the scenes along the river and of the cavalcade in action was said by the old timers and by visitors without the background of those who knew Santa Barbara county half a century ago, to surpass any old time pageantry ever presented in southern California.

It was the opinion of those who took part that the means of adding another event to preserve the color and customs of old times had been pointed out by 'Rancheros Visitadores' and that it will become a powerful support to Old Spanish Days fiesta.

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