The Lobero Golden Eagle

The Lobero Golden Eagle is a gilded wooden sculpture, found at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, California. Created by an unnamed artist, it is made of white oak and redwood and gilded with gold leaf. It also has a remarkable story behind it, including getting shot at, being shipwrecked, and two disapperances.

According to Atlas Obscura, its life started on a side-wheel steamship called the SS Yankee Blade which was carrying gold bullion and freshly minted gold coins. From there, it was found at sea and traded to a man named Jose Lobero for a bottle of whiskey.

And the rest is history (which you can read about on the Atlas Obscura website).

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