fought a pitched battle to keep the bluffs as open space. In 1998, the volunteers managed to raise just short of 4 million dollars to purchase the land to form a permanent nature preserve.
|The Santa Ynez Mountains rise dramatically above Carpinteria. They are composed of sandstone, siltstone, and shale layers that were on the bottom of the sea only a few million years ago.
|File:Layers of stone and tar at Carpinteria, CA.jpg - Wikimedia Commons
|Tar Pits Park (Carpinteria) - 2021 All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos) - Tripadvisor
|Source: California State Parks
When I worked at SBCC there was no internet, and I was only vaguely aware that there had been tarpits somewhere in the area. So it was that I never realized the value of the irritating pollutant on the beach that ruined a number of pairs of my shoes. If you visit and mess up your own shoes, just remember, it's important history!
The Other California is my long-running series of places to see in our state when you've seen all the places on the postcards!