Stagecoach Sign The Arlington Theater actually used to be a hotel. The Arlington Hotel burned down a long time ago in a famous fire which has long been forgotten. So I guess the fire isn't so famous anymore. But you can read about the fire in the local history books. Back when this was a hotel the stagecoach used to stop here to pick up passengers.

The sign says, "OLD STAGECOACH ROUTE 1861-1901 The first overland stage coach arrived in Santa Barbara on Monday evening, April 1, 1861, celebrated by firing of cannon, etc. Many of Santa Barbara County's own stage coach runs started from this spot which marks the location of the first Arlington Hotel, destroyed by fire in 1909. (Sponsored by: Wells Fargo Bank; Goleta Beautiful; Goleta Historical Society; City & County of Santa Barbara; De La Guerra y Pacheco Chapter 1.5 E Clampus Vitus and other friends.)"

Arlington Stagecoach
THE ARLINGTON HOTEL, with 1887 Annex on left, was a take-off point for northbound stagecoaches in the 1880's. The six horses hitched to this mud wagon indicate a destination beyond San Marcos Pass; four horses were sufficient on the level run to Lompoc or Los Angeles.
So let's climb aboard one of these lovely uncomfortable looking contraptions and take a ride up San Marcos Pass. We've got six horses hitched to this mud wagon. We need all six to get us up the pass.

Fanny Trollope wrote about her stagecoach experience in her classic 1832 book Domestic Manners of the Americans. She wrote, "The coach had three seats, each calculated to hold three persons, and as we were only six, we had, in the phrase of Milton, to 'inhabit lax' this exalted abode, and, accordingly, we were for some miles tossed about like a few potatoes in a wheel-barrow. Our knees, elbows, and heads required too much care for their protection to allow us leisure to look out of the windows; but at length the road became smoother, and we became more skilful in the art of balancing ourselves, so as to meet the concussion with less danger of dislocation."