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Santa Barbara Beach Resort Poster
Santa Barbara was a tiny frontier town - until the 1880s, when wealthy Americans from the East Coast began to holiday on the sunny Santa Barbara beaches along Cabrillo Blvd. Rapidly the town began to turn into what it is today: a resort city favoured by business people and celebrities. Filmmakers operated out of Santa Barbara even before they settled in Hollywood; from 1910 to 1920 the American Film Company, based at the corner of Mission and State Street, made hundreds of films in the area, most of them Westerns.