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Santa Claus
Santa Claus, CA

Santa Claus, CA --- It's happened. Think of the trips up or down the 101 Freeway and remember seeing the sign for Santa Claus, CA? How many of you wave at the friendly Santa that sits off the highway on Santa Claus Lane, glad to see his cherubic friendly face yet again. A reminder of a childhood, a reminder of the days when these large giant icons used to grace the vernacular landsape.

Santa Claus during better times
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


Well, some say nothing is forever. In Santa's case, the end of almost 60 years came during a weekend in early March, 2002 when the owner of the historic property had this classic treasure removed.

Santa is now sitting in the back area waiting for a new home
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


The Santa roadside icon has not been destroyed yet as the owner's have granted time for him to find a new home. If you're interested, please contact the Modern Committee of the Los Angeles Conservancy, or send me a note and I will attempt to make the appropriate contacts for you.

Many thanks to Laura J. Funkhouser and David Sorensen for information on Santa.


UPDATE 12/04 : Santa Claus has been saved and now overlooks Hwy 101 from a vacant lot. Many thanks to architectural historian Edward Cella for this information. 12-04


Remember the Santa Claus that used to wave at motorists as they sped by on US101 in Santa Claus, CA near Carpinteria? After efforts by preservationists and residents from the local communities that cared, Santa was saved from a sure to be embarassing fate (see Apache Tears in Tucson) and is now intact at a site nearby.

Santa Claus is relocated about 20 miles south of it's original location, and he has been treated with an extreme makeover. He's looking real good and can be seen at the 101 freeway and Rice Rd. in Oxnard. Many thanks to Roy Hooper for this update.


Santa Claus and Friends
Oxnard, CA
Photo courtesy Roy Hooper






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