Spanish Street Names - Part 5
Miramesa Drive – (MEER-ah-MAY-sah) Similar to Miracañón Lane mentioned in last week's post, but this street has a view of the Mesa, not the canyon.
Miramonte Drive – (MEER-ah-MUN-tay) And the third one in the Mira- series, Miramonte means view of the mountain. It is also a surname. Miramonte Drive did not connect to Carrillo Street until the 1970s when the Santa Barbara Highlands Condominium complex was built.
Océano Avenue – (oh-SAY-ah-no) Using the Spanish pronunciation for this street will get you a lot of confused looks.
Payeras Street – (pie-YEAH-ruhs) Payeras is a surname and doesn't have any other usage. There is some evidence that a Padre Payeras is buried at the Mission in Santa Barbara, so that may explain the origin of this street name.
Ricardo Avenue – (ree-CAR-doe) a man's name.
Salida del Sol – (sah-LEE-duh-dell-SOLE) The name means sunrise.
San Clemente Street – (SAHN-CLAY-men-tay) Clemente means mild, and is a popular name. There are several cities around the world named San Clemente, and San Clemente Island is the southernmost of the Channel Islands of California. Saint Clement lived in Rome in the first century A.D., and is the patron saint of metalworkers and blacksmiths. This is one of many streets on the Mesa that are named for saints.
That's all the info I have on the Spanish street names of the Mesa. Next week's post will cover the story behind Oliver Road.