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Minutes: A Glimpse into Santa Barbara’s Past (2/25/2015)

March 21, 2015

Program: Gary Jensen introduced John Woodward for “Hayward & Muzzall’s Views of Santa Barbara and Vicinity — The Earliest Photographs of Santa Barbara 1870 to 1879.”

  • Edwin Hayward arrived in Santa Barbara in 1872. He had the first photographic studio in Santa Barbara. It was called an art gallery, which was still what photography was considered.
  • He showed stereocards viewable by a stereoscope, which gives them a sense of dimension.
  • Santa Barbara grew slowly because it was not easy to travel to by land. That began to change once Stearns Wharf was built, allowing steamer ships to unload more supplies.
  • There was once a Chapala Street Wharf, but it was too short to be of use to steamers.
  • State Street wasn’t paved until 1887.
  • He showed an image of a building from the 1870s that is now Joe’s Cafe.
  • Some photos were taken from the episcopal church because it was one of the tallest buildings from which to get a view.
  • There was a mule-drawn trolley that went from Stearns Wharf to the Arlington Hotel.
  • He shared some then and now photos: including the De La Guerra house, Carrillo Adobe, Aldo’s Restaurant, St. Vincent’s school, Upham Hotel, home of Mortimer Cook (at Chapala and Sola, which was moved one door up Chapala), University Club (some of its wordwork is original to 1869), the mission
  • Hayward and Muzzall moved their photo studio to the upper clock building at State and Carrillo.
  • Dr. Harriet Belcher, the first woman doctor in California, had her office in Santa Barbara.
  • The Arlington Hotel, finished in 1875, was one of the first things bringing in tourists. Hayward and Muzzall sold photos to tourists.
  • There are approximately a dozen collections of these photos, including one at Yale University, the Huntington Library, private collectors. He has scanned almost 900 different photos.
  • Salsipuedes (roughly translated: get out if you can) and Laguna street were named for the estero. Most of it was filled after the earthquake with broken bricks. It became a dump, which became a baseball field.
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