The fifth installment of my historical Santa Barbara blog series is about kind of the most known part of Santa Barbara, Stearn’s Wharf, yes this is SB Unknown, and yes this is a very known part of Santa Barbara, but do you know the history behind it? by the end of this blog post hopefully you will.
The historical Stearn’s Wharf is a pier in the harbor of Santa Barbara, and was built and completed in 1872, and was named after its builder John P. Stearn, it also became the largest deep water pier in California. The wharf was originally used for the passenger and freight shipping needs of California’s South Coast for over a quarter century, well until the Break water was built (52 years later). Then in 1877 it was linked to the rest of the city via the new railroad. Stearn’s wharf in 1923 experienced great damage to its “spur” and was abandoned. Stearns wharf can been seen in the 1966 film “Batman the movie”. The Stearns wharf is also known for its magnificent Dolphin fountain in the front of pier
Stearn’s wharf has endured many, many hardships such as the earthquake of 1925, and its big fire of 1973 (which half of it burned down and wasn’t rebuilt until 1981) and it still remains the heart of Santa Barbara, the address is , 219 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93109 you should go check out this historical landmark of Santa Barbara sometime, see out there america 😉