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Description - El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park is the site of the oldest building in Santa Barbara and the second oldest in California.

Attractions - El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park is the site of the oldest building in Santa Barbara and the second oldest in California. El Cuartel, the oldest existing building in Santa Barbara, is all that remains of the last of four Royal Presidios (Spanish military outposts) built in Alta California. The presidio in Santa Barbara was built in 1782. It served as the military and government headquarters for the lands between Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo until 1846. Two original buildings have been restored and five other reconstructed. Handmade adobe blocks were used to reconstruct the Padres' Quarters and Presidio Chapel.

Recreation - Visitors can step back and view this historic site surrounded by modern buildings.

Climate - Climate in the Central Coast varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.

Location - The park is located at 210 East CaƱon Perdido, between Anacapa and Santa Barbara Streets in downtown Santa Barbara

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Contact Information:
Channel Coast District Headquaters, 1933 Cliff Drive, Suite 27 , Santa Barbara, CA, 93109, Phone: 805-899-1400, Fax: 805-899-1415

Additional Information:
California's Historic Sites - This section includes the major historic sites within California. California's rich history is showcased in its many historic sites and monuments.
Central Coast State Parks and Beaches - The Central Coast Region, located between Los Angeles and San Francisco, features the Big Sur Coast and Hearst Castle as well as numerous state park sites.

California State Parks - Official agency website.


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