The very first automobile in Santa Barbara, September 20, 1900.
"Although the first automobile ever sighted in Santa Barbara may have been the one appearing in the 1899 circus parade, W.S. Sherman was said to have owned the first automobile in town, taking delivery on Thursday evening, September 20, 1900. Townspeople watched in fascination the next day when he took it out for all to see. His sensational new purchase was a locomobile steamer, made by Stanley. The model was called a 'Locosurrey.' This truly horseless carriage was priced at $1,200 and was operated as a rental machine with headquarters at Short's Bike Shop, two doors south of Caesar's Alley, leading to De la Guerra Plaza and the city hall. For a half dollar, Sherman would give a customer a ride around two city blocks." --Walker Tompkins