140 Acres for $10,000
In April 1873, the Santa Barbara Daily Press announced the sale of 140 acres on the Mesa for $10,000. The buyer, identified as S.R. Weldon, later became an important resident on the Mesa. He had a telescope that was said to be the best one in Southern California. Weldon Road is named for him. (More about his telescope in a future post.) Weldon's property is marked with an X on this 1889 map.