Santa Barbara painted caves

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The thirteenth installment of my historical Santa Barbara blog series is on a well known part of Santa Barbara culture, the Santa Barbara  Chumash painted caves.

Santa Barbara Chumash painted caves is a historical site just out side of the California city of Santa Barbara, The smooth and irregularly shaped shallow sandstone cave contains numerous drawings apparently depicting the Chumash cosmology and other subjects created in mineral pigments and other forms of art over a long period ranging from about 200 up to possibly 1000 years or more. There is also evidence of graffiti beginning with early white settlers, which eventually led to creation of a protective fence, and in 1972 the Santa Barbara Chumash painted caves was added as a Site on the National Register of Historical Places.

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The access is from State Route and 154 about 5 miles north of U.S. Route 101 in the San Marcos Pass in the Santa Ynez Mountains, driving 2 miles north on Painted Cave Road. The cave is adjacent to the left side of this narrow one-lane mountain road you should go check this historical place in santa barbara out some time, see you out there america 😉

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