Santa Barbara’s Famous Fig Tree Updated on April 5, 2012 at 3:37 pm.Written by Editor3 Comments Santa Barbara’s famous fig tree, planted by a little girl in 1874, has always been a favorite camping spot for the homeless. Today, the under-shade of the famous fig is also popular among RV campers. 3 Responses to “Santa Barbara’s Famous Fig Tree” Anonymous April 5, 2012 When 101 had a stop light I don’t remember the homeless there. I have always thought it was such an amazing tree, so different from every tree I had ever seen before. Sad that it has become isolated and part of the ugliness that is now exploited by the compassion industry. The bums are a blight and the beautiful tree has become symbolic of missed opportunities and mistaken priorities. Boycott Boy April 6, 2012 The definition of camping is to live for a time in a camp, tent, or camper. Since I moved here in 06 the rv and the homeless haven’t moved…. I imagine twenty or so years from now the homeless themselves will be considered historical landmarks as well! Think of all the grants city hall could apply for…. Bill April 7, 2012 I actually remember more homeless there when it had a stop light.. they sat in the roots of the tree, and carved their names into the tree. The City finally got smart and put a chain around it, to at least say to the conscious few, not to lurk among the roots. Maybe the City should build a play ground area in that grass and watch all the young families take it over and all the parking too.