Culture Featured Photo In Photos – Abandoned Relics of Santa Barbara Graeme Jackson - May 19, 2020 1 Photostory by Graeme Jackson | Photo Editor Abandoned Relics of Santa Barbara 1 of 24 Perched high above the streets of downtown Santa Barbara, a decaying mansion sits undisturbed amidst one of the wealthiest suburbs in southern California. Deemed seismically unsafe by the city, the mansion has been sealed off to the public. Visitors can still view the structure’s unique design from the outside. Nearing a century since its construction, The Barnsdall-Rio Grande gas station still stands in Goleta as a brief reminder of the area’s past. Highway 101 was rerouted following a Japanese submarine attack on the California coast in 1942, leaving the station isolated and subsequently forced to close by the early 1950s. An abandoned concrete bridge sits above Arroyo Hondo Creek north of Santa Barbara. Improved construction of the 101 Highway called for the bridge’s retirement in the mid-1980’s. Street art and graffiti are scattered across the concrete supports underneath the bridge. Still visible from the active 101 Highway, travelers can view this piece of Santa Barbara County’s history on their way up and down the coast.