On June 29, 1925 at 6:42 am a major earthquake hit the area of Santa Barbara. It was 19 seconds in duration and registered 6.8 on the Richter magnitude scale. The downtown of Santa Barbara was destroyed, the Sheffield Dam collapsed, and thirteen people died. The facade of the Mission Santa Barbara was severely damaged and lost its statues. Three persons thought to shut off the town electricity and gas, thereby preventing catastrophic fire. The city was rebuilt in a unified Spanish Colonial Revival style in 1925-1929.
This photograph, cropped, appears with Los Angeles Time article, August 6, 1931, Widows at Clark Trial Say Husbands Unarmed, Relicts of Murdered Pair Tell Their Stories, Testimony Deals Blow to Defense; Suspect Remanded to Jail; Other Witnesses Heard
It is Englishwoman Miss Royden's first time visiting the Pacific Coast as she stays with Mrs. R.I.L. Smith in Pasadena. Miss Royden attends Episcopalian church services in addition to holding her own church services on Ecclestone Street. Her favorite Bible verse is "Come now let us reason together" Isaiah I, which she also bases her religious philosophy upon.