Tag Archive: Pirate’s Cove

Mar 26

Pirate’s Cove before it was a nude beach 1965


Norman Coy, shared a story from his childhood after reading a previous post on Pirate’s Cove. During World War II fake gun emplacements were placed on the bluff to protect the Union Oil facility. Though the “guns” were only telephone poles, aimed at the never to arrive Japanese fleet, live men staffed the positions and …

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Mar 01

SLO Uncovered – Pirate’s Cove, the naked truth about the origin of a nude beach

Pirate's Cove became known as a nude beach in the early 1970s.

Originally all the beaches in the county were clothing optional. According to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, traditional Chumash garb was a two-piece skirt for women and perhaps a belt for men. Then along came the Spanish friars and beach attire became more modest. When did Pirate’s Cove become the Mecca for nude …

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Jun 19

Sir Francis Drake, the pirate of Pirate’s Cove

Carl Kreighbaum, left, and Richard Dobson look over square holes cut in rock which they believe were made there by Sir Francis Drake's men in 1579.  ©The Tribune

I had a foolproof method to get rich in fourth grade. Poring over a Scholastic Book Club catalog I discovered a paperback that promised the locations of sunken ships and buried treasure. This was just too easy. For a couple of weeks allowance and another week of finger crossed delivery anticipation, then it would just …

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