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Santa Barbara’s Stearns Wharf celebrates 147 years

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara is celebrating its anniversary this month. 

Built in 1872, Stearns Wharf has been in the city for 147 years. It's the oldest working wood wharf in California. 

It was originally built to help transfer cargo and people from ships to the shore. John Peck Stearns who owned a lumber yard at the base of State Street built the wharf when the small 500 foot Chapala Pier couldn't handle is business.

Historians say Stearns Wharf has survived severe storms, fires and even a tornado. 

Some merchants will offer anniversary specials during the month of October. 

Joe Buttitta

Joe Buttitta co-anchors The Morning News on KEYT NewsChannel 3 and KCOY 12 Central Coast News as well as NewsChannel 3 Midday.