SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
Buellton
 
Ostrich Land
Buellton History
Coastal Band of Chumash Indians
Landmarks
Log Cabins on Highway 101

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BUELLTON HOTELS
Best Western Pea Soup Andersen's
51 East Highway 246
Days Inn Solvang/Buellton
114 E. Hwy 246
Marriott Rancho Santa Barbara
555 McMurray Road
Quality Inn Buellton
630 Ave. of Flags
Buellton, CA 93427 Map


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Buellton, California History - Buellton's Past

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Buellton's early roots can be traced to the name Rufus Thompson (R.T.) Buell, a rancher who built a successful business and by 1875,  operated Buell Ranch as a town, complete with a general store, a post office, bunkhouses, blacksmith shop and family homes. Ranch owner R.T. Buell came from Essex, Vermont to California to find his fortune in gold mining but gave it up to do what he knew and loved, farming.  After establishing a dairy farm not far from the gold mines in Point Reyes north of San Francisco, he joined his brothers in the Central California coastal region to purchase land available from a Mexican land grant sale.

The land that was for sale was located in the Santa Ynez Valley was owned by Jose Maria Covarrubias and Joaquin Carrillo of Santa Barbara. He purchased a portion of the The Rancho San Carlos de Jonata with his brother, Alonzo, and the thriving business in the lush hills and valleys of California's Central Coast was so successful, R.T. bought the entire ranch of the land grant and his brother purchased the Rancho El Capitan. They dissolved their partnership and in 1920, Buell Ranch became the last of five towns of the Santa Ynez Valley.

Thanks to the development of Highway 101 and the desirable California climate and migration in 1911 of Danish settlers to the valley, Buellton has grown slowly as a peaceful place that's maintained a quality of life as the Gateway to the Santa Ynez Valley.

Avenue of the Flags once included Highway 101. The busy freeway was moved in the 1960s to its current location and Avenue of the Flags continues to serve as the main street of Buellton.

Buellton became an incorporated city on February 1, 1992. Buellton operates under a five member city council and it's form of government. Buellton currently has around 3,900 people.

Rufus Thompson Buell and Roman de la Cuesta who is credited with bringing Highway 101 to the region are important names in the history of Buellton.