Thursday, August 17, 1769
To Carpinteria.
California Registered Landmark - 535



Gaspar de Portolá
The 17th, we proceeded for two hours; a good road. We halted on the beach. Here there was a town which had thirty eight houses and about three hundred inhabitants with seven very fine canoes of wood. Much pasture and water.

Miguel Costansó
We continued our march along the margin of the beach for a short distance, and afterwards over high hills on the coast. We halted about a quarter of a league inland, near a small stream of excellent water which flowed from a canyon of the range; here there were many willows. We saw before us another village or Indian town composed of thirty-two houses, and as populous as the previous ones. Men, women, and children came to the camp bringing fish both fresh and roasted, eager to obtain glass beads and trinkets, which are the best money and more highly valued among them than gold and silver. The soldiers called this town Pueblo de la Carpintería, because at this time the natives were constructing a canoe. It is only one league from the Pueblo del Bailarín. This place seemed to all of us very suitable for a mission, on account of the innumerable heathen that inhabit these shores within a radius of only six leagues, and because it has extensive lands well adapted for cultivation and capable of producing rich crops. We may say the same in a mystical sense, as the gentleness of this people gave us great hopes that the word of God will fructify equally in their hearts.

Fray Juan Crespi
We set out from this place at half-past seven and followed the road to the west. We climbed some steep hills of good grassy land, which end at the beach in a steep declivity, although between them and the beach there is passage along the sand dunes. We must have traveled about half a league when we came to a point of land which, with the other at the town mentioned, make a little bay in the shore. On this point we found another very large town in which we counted thirty-eight houses of the kind already described, some of them so large that they house many families. At the edge of the town all the people were awaiting us, the number being no less than those at Asumpta. We went on to the village to greet them, and the commander gave the chief a present of some beads. We pitched the camp not very far from the village in a plain that must measure, from north to south, about a league of good, black soil, well covered with grass. From east to west it is four leagues long. The place has many willows, cottonwoods, alders, and some live oaks. It is well provided with firewood, and the high mountains that it has to the north seem to have a supply of wood in some parts but are bare in others. Just about north an arroyo comes down. My companion went to see it, and he says it has a good stretch of water at the foot of the mountains. The soldiers and explorers said there was another good village of heathen. Not far from the town we saw some springs of pitch. The Indians have many canoes, and at the time were building one, for which reason the soldiers named this town La Carpinteria, while I christened it with the name of San Roque. It is only one league distant from the last camping place. As soon as we arrived they brought us so many bonito fish, fresh, dried, and roasted that they exceeded the gifts of the preceding towns. Opposite the place was seen an island, but on account of the fog it was impossible to make out with certainty what one it was.

August 16 To Rincon Point near Rincon Creek.
August 18 To Santa Barbara (historic marker at the southwest corner of the grounds of the courthouse).