The Modern Period
Having become part of the United States, Santa Barbara's population doubled between 1850 and 1860. As American settlers moved in, wood construction replaced adobe and the area became lawless during the California Gold Rush years, with stagecoach robberies a regular occurrence. English gradually replaced Spanish as the language of daily life, and with increased settler growth in the 1870s, the ranchos were eventually all subdivided.
In the Santa Ynez Valley farmers grew olives, peaches, walnuts, prunes, apples, cherries and quinces. Dairy farming was an important part of Valley life from the 1930s through the 1960s, but this didn't survive into the seventies. Horse and cattle sales now play an important role in the life of the Valley and its heritage, and a few local ranches are known for their Arabian or thoroughbred breeds.
Learn how the region's unique grape growing culture began and developed. Producing its own varietals,
the Wine Growing Revolution had begun.
Homegrown cowboys whose attitude, technique
and tools were intensely influenced by bioregional conditions, the buckeroo had arrived.
- Spade Bit
Named for Santa Barbara this bit shank was designed
for the Vaquero style, it's hallmark a light touch.
- Stage Coach
Icon of the West, the stagecoach was deeply
linked to the Santa Ynez Valley, the Wells Fargo
stops still important bioregional landmarks.
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