From the Reference Desk: Lompoc – Ye Olde Party Towne

I found the reference book cited below when looking in YRL’s reference collection for information about Santa Barbara sheriffs in the 1870s and 1880s. This is a bit of information about historical Lompoc that I just found amusing. Apparently Lompoc used to be a quite a raucous town in the late 19th century:

“Lompoc was founded as a temperance colony, and like all such colonies has had its battles with the liquor traffic. The first engagement was with a druggist, who was carrying on an illicit traffic in forbidden liquids. His place was invaded by a number of citizens and a Mrs. Pierce plied an ax on a 40-gallon cask of whiskey and flooded the store with fiery liquid. The druggist drew a pistol and threatened to shoot the destroyers of his intoxicants, but, confronted by two hundred crusaders, he concluded that discretion was the better part of valor and put up his gun.”

Guinn, James Miller. Historical record and biographical record of southern California: containing a history of southern California from its earliest settlement to the opening year of the twentieth century ; also containing biographies of well-known citizens of the past and present. Chicago: Chapman Publishing Co., 1902.

Try and find THAT on Google!

UPDATE (10 seconds later): Oh, wait apparently this books is on the Google. You can read it here on the Internet Archive.

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