One of the Harley runs we have been on a few times has been to New Cuyama. Haven't heard of it you say? Neither had I! It is in Santa Barbara County in the Cuyama Valley. If it weren't for me riding a Harley, there are many places I never would have seen, let alone heard of. "Cuyama" was named after an Indian word for "clams."
New Cuyama was established in 1951. That makes it 60 years old now. I suppose I should have taken that into consideration whenever we were there as the Cuyama Buckhorn (restaurant, bar and motel) where we used to stay seemed especially old. In fact the whole town seems especially old, it really was a dying town.
These pictures were taken in 2003. I looked online to see if I could find any information regarding the history of the Cuyama Buckhorn and what I found is that it is now closed down! I am really not surprised, but it is kind of sad to me. The Buckhorn is closed down. So final. This Harley destination is never to be again, except in my memories. I find it really hard to believe anyone would buy it, fix it up and keep the same name.
Right next to the Cuyama Buckhorn was this piece of old farming equipment. Intriguing indeed.
It was a nice ride to New Cuyama on the Harleys. Great bike roads indeed. The closure of the restaurant/bar/hotel, is really a closure for me also. Now when I talk about New Cuyama, the Cuyama Buckhorn and our Harley runs there I will start out with "Remember when..."
The Cuyama Buckhorn, a true part of my history.
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