In 1860 a stagecoach pass was hacked through the California wilderness over the mountainous San Marcos Pass to connect Mission Santa Barbara to The Santa Ynez Rancho.
A rest stop was built along the stage coach route high up on The San Marcos Pass, next to a naturally running cold mountain spring.
This stage-stop was, and is still called, Cold Spring Tavern.
Back in the day the tavern served hot meals and alcohol.
It still serves both today, and the experience of eating here is one we return to enjoy whenever we pass by this area.
There was a bunkhouse,
a small store, a stable, and several small homesteads, forming a town called Gopherville, which is now a ghost town.
The town even had a jail which could hold up to eleven (crowded) souls…. rowdy cowboys and such, who likely drank too much whiskey…..
Cheers to you from Cold Springs Tavern & the still wild west~