Los Alamos is in Santa Barbara County, California. Although located in the Los Alamos Valley, the town of Los Alamos is usually considered to be a part of the Santa Ynez Valley Community. The population was 1,890 at the 2010 census.
The hills above Rancho Los Alamos served as a hideout for bandito, Solomon Pico, whose escapades were popularized by the character “Zorro”.
The Los Alamos Valley prospered and grew quickly serving as a popular stagecoach stop from 1861-1901. Oil was discovered at the Orcutt field in hills north of Valley in 1901, The Chamber of Commerce was active from 1920–32 and instrumental in forming a lighting district, obtaining telephone service, street paving, and mail service. Residents today still pick up their mail from the Post Office downtown, as no street delivery is available.
The growth of the Santa Barbara County wine region, and the popularity of the acclaimed film Sideways and local wineries, have led to the Valley’s continued prosperity.
Los Alamos California, is also home to the last standing Pacific Coast Railroad Station, which at present houses the Depot Antique Mall, and it is the town’s main attraction. The Depot Mall is one of the largest antique malls in the area with more than 60 dealers.