Greater Carpinteria: Summerland and La Conchita
Carpinteria once featured a racetrack at one end of town and a gargantuan statue of Santa Claus at the other—"anchor" operations highlighting this unique southern corner of coastal Santa Barbara County. A few miles south, in the northern corner of Ventura County, nestles La Conchita, where an early seaside stagecoach route and a famous banana plantation helped shape the local flavor. The historical characteristics of Summerland, on the coast north of "Carp," as Carpinteria is known, have included a J. Paul Getty oil operation and youth baseball played on fields lighted by piped-in natural gas. The three distinct communities of Greater Carpinteria are tied together by both the spectacular coastal landscapes— beautiful beaches and majestic mountain ranges—as well as the area's intrinsically linked schools and businesses. It is an eclectic paradise between Ventura and Santa Barbara that draws a million visitors a year.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9780738570983
: Arcadia Publishing
: 08/31/2009
: California
: Images of America
: 224 Black And White
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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Authors and local residents Jim Campos, Bonnie Kelm, Dave Moore, and Tom Moore and the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History have joined forces to paint a picture of Carpinteria, La Conchita, and Summerland for this follow-up volume to Carpinteria, in the Images of America series. Campos, Kelm, and the Moores are all former educators.
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