• Nicholas S. Firfires 1917-1990

    Nicholas S. Firfires was born on the Waunakee Ranch near Santa Barbara, California November 10th,  1917.  Firfires was a descendant of the      Californios and vaqueros learned all the skills of working cowboys  by living on the big ranches north of Santa Barbara, in San Luis Obispo County.  Skills such as, breaking horses, herding cattle, and […]

  • Frederick Remington (1861-1909)

    Over the last few years we at the Carriage and Western Art Museum have been able to acquire many welcome additions to our collection.  In this newsletter I want to highlight several of these new historical items.  From artwork to saddles, carriages to spurs the museum has many interesting and locally relevant treasures we would […]

  • John Edward Borein (1872-1945)

    John Edward “Ed” Borein was one of  several early Western artists who was actually born in the West.  As a young man he roamed the western states and much of Mexico,  working as a cowboy and using his artistic  talent to record his  experiences.  Borein, along with Charles Russell, is regarded as one of the […]

  • De la Guerra y Pacheco

    E Clampus Vitus was founded in antiquity, in 4005 B.C. Its most glorious chapter is de la Guerra y Pacheco, Chapter 1.5, emerging in unclaimed territory in Clamper Year 5996 and now reigning magnanimously over San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties, benevolently offering protection and administration to subject lands in the Sandwich  Islands. The […]

  • The Japanese Bombardment of Ellwood

    It was a pleasant evening on the coast of Goleta, it was February 23 1942, the skies were clear and the breeze was gentle but just after 7pm our small town history changed forever.  It was nearly 70 days after the attack on Pearl Harbor when a Japanese I-17 long range submarine   appeared off the […]

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