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Heart of the Valley: The Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Guadalupe, the most northern and western in the archdiocese, was blessed and dedicated on March 14, 1959 by his Eminence James Francis Cardinal McIntyre.
Heart of the Valley: May 7, 1873: The first religious society, The Methodist Episcopal, was organized at a meeting held at Fleisher’s Hall located on the northeast corner of Main and Broadway.
The first official ride was May 9, 1930. Two years later the route was expanded to bring the 90 riders through Solvang, an annual event that spanned 90 years that only missed once in 2020 due to the pandemic
Heart of the Valley: Yesterday’s stagecoach driver was a breed that could hold the reins of a six-horse team in their brawny hands and sense from the pull, which horse was faltering and which one needed the whip.
The retirement home was built on donated land originally part of the Atterdag College campus, an educational and Danish cultural institution opened in 1914.
Heart of the Valley: April 22, 1882 - H. J. Laughlin and S. Clevenger published the first edition of the Santa Maria Times. The Times building was located in the T. A. Jones building just south of the post office.
The bridge spanning the Santa Ynez River was built in 1880 and affectionately known as the “Old Red Bridge.” It was the only means of crossing the river during the winter months. When the river raged, no one could get to or from the south coast.
William “Billy” Smith, who was born in Yorkshire County, England in July of 1834, crossed the Atlantic alone at the age of 15. He settled for a time in Canada before coming to northern California in 1860, where he farmed in the northern part of the state for five years before returning to Canada.
Solvang’s first and only female head of the post office was Clara Hornsyld.
The Rodenbaugh residence was the first to be constructed on the 125-acre development.
Reopened just last year in August, the Tavern at Zaca Creek heeded regional closures while working to further establish and implement a locally-sourced food program that include beef, fowl and seafood from area farms and waters, respectively.
Local acts to be filmed inside the historic theater will include the Simmons Sisters, Angelina LaPointe, Jacob Cole and Kaitlyn Chui.
What is chocolate, vanilla or chestnut, speckled or dapple gray, loves jelly beans, apples and carrots and stands smaller than 34 inches (at the withers)?
It was created to help solve the infrastructural problems that arose due to a rapidly growing town, which boomed from 80 adults at its founding in 1911, to well over 800 residents and a growing downtown business district by 1921.
The Lompoc Theatre Project board of directors has elected new members and tapped a new president after its former president stepped down to be…
The rain fell once a week for months in the Santa Ynez Valley.
Solvang began as the dream of three Danish immigrants living in the Midwest. They were a part of the great 19th-Century European exodus to the United States. The founders wanted to establish an agricultural town on the west coast based on three deeply held principles: community, education and church.
Over a million people a year visit Catalina Island and spend $166.7 million to do everything from enjoying the beautiful scenery to playing golf, hiking, biking, fishing scuba diving, kayaking, shopping and visiting the many museums. Learn more about Catalina right here.
In 1945, San Nicolas Island was one of eight candidate sites to detonate the first atomic bomb test before White Sands Proving Ground in New Mexico was selected.