After my chiropractor appointment with Dr. Knight in Port Hueneme, who I might say is doing wonders for my neck and head problems, we decided to drive up to Santa Barbara for visit to the Presidio.
The Presidio emcompasses much of the original site of 1782 and was the last Spanish fortress built in California. It sits between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean in the downtown area on Canon Perdido.
|Another View of Chapel|
The soldiers quarters is the oldest building in Santa Barbara and the second oldest in California. Presidios protected the missions and settlers against foreign invasions and Indian attacks. They also provided a cultural and social center. The soldiers and their families were vital in the colonization of California and many of their descendents still reside in Santa Barbara.
Earthquakes In 1806 and 1812 caused extensive damages. The Presidio's military role ended in 1846 with the occupation of the USA. City streets were constructed through the Presidio site with most of the original structures lost to the forces of growth and nature.
The Presidio SP was created in 1966 and over the years archaeological excavations and research have revealed detail information on its history and construction.