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Santa Barbara and the Central Coast Sights

Nit Wit Ridge

  • 881 Hillcrest Dr. Map It
  • Cambria
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Updated 05/05/2014

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Arthur Beal (aka Captain Nit Wit, Der Tinkerpaw) spent 51 years building a home above Cambria's West Village out of collected junk: beer cans, rocks, abalone shells, car parts, TV antennas—you name it. The site, sometimes signed as Nitt Witt Ridge, is a state landmark. You can drive by and peek in—from the 700 block of Main Street, head southeast on Cornwall Street and east on Hillcrest Drive. Better yet, schedule a guided tour.

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881 Hillcrest Dr., Cambria, California, 93428, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $10
  • Tour daily by appointment

Updated 05/05/2014


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