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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Ventura County, California

 
Clickable Map of Ventura County, California and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Ventura County, CA (150) Kern County, CA (315) Los Angeles County, CA (1288) Santa Barbara County, CA (121)  VenturaCounty(150) Ventura County (150)  KernCounty(315) Kern County (315)  LosAngelesCounty(1288) Los Angeles County (1288)  SantaBarbaraCounty(121) Santa Barbara County (121)
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1California, Ventura County, Anacapa Island — Anacapa Island
"Mirage" For thousands of years, the Chumash visited Anacapa Island, which was known to them as "Anyapakh,” meaning "mirage.” The first European settlers, fishermen, and sheep ranchers arrived in the 1800s. The . . . Map (db m141286) HM
2California, Ventura County, Camarillo — 3 — Adolfo Camarillo Heritage GroveVentura County Landmark No. 3
Near Camarillo Ranch Road north of Mission Oaks Boulevard.
Across Mission Oaks Boulevard, next to the 101 Freeway, remains part of a grove of Eucalyptus trees that once lined both sides of the old two-lane El Camino Real. In 1892, Adolfo Camarillo planted 650 of these trees, which stretched from Pleasant . . . Map (db m130636) HM
3California, Ventura County, Camarillo — 8 — Camarillo Ranch HouseBuilt in 1892
Near Camarillo Ranch Road north of Mission Oaks Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
This grand three-story, 15-room home was built by Adolfo Camarillo in the Queen Ann Victorian style, using the plans of architects Herman Anlauf and Franklin Ward. The home features seven bedrooms, a grand staircase, a tower bay, a walk-in wooden . . . Map (db m129517) HM
4California, Ventura County, Camarillo — El Camino Real BellCamarillo Ranch
Near Camarillo Ranch Road north of Mission Oaks Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
In 1769 the "El Camino Real - The King's Highway” was begun by the Franciscans and lead by Fr. Junipero Serra. Missions were situated in areas where large populations of Indians lived and where soil was fertile enough to sustain a settlement. As . . . Map (db m154365) HM
5California, Ventura County, Camarillo — Fruit Brandy StillPleasant Valley Museum
On Las Posas Road at Avenida Del Manzano on Las Posas Road.
This “Fruit Brandy” still was donated by the Robert E. Nunn family. It had been on a ranch in the Santa Barbara area when Wm. Templeton (father of Beth Nunn, grandfather of Kevin and Kyle Nunn) rescued it. On display at the Camarillo Plumbing . . . Map (db m134939) HM
6California, Ventura County, Fillmore — 317 Central AvenueStephen's Grocery Store
On Central Avenue at Main Street, on the left when traveling north on Central Avenue.
Richard Stephen's Grocery Store was built in 1910. The original sidewalk, inlaid in tile with the name Stephen's, remains in the floor at the main entrance to the market. Located in the grocery store at the time was a small post office and a . . . Map (db m131357) HM
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7California, Ventura County, Fillmore — 320 Central Avenue
On Central Avenue north of Main Street, on the right when traveling north.
These structures were built in 1917. Early businesses included a hardware store, shoe store and bakery. For a short time it housed a three lane bowling alley. The building was also once a grocery store. In 1930, City Hall moved into the north half . . . Map (db m131363) HM
8California, Ventura County, Fillmore — 328 Central AvenueGoodenough's Men's Store
On Central Avenue north of Main Street.
Built in 1910 as Goodenough's Men's Store, this building served as the local men's clothing store until the mid-1980s. The building was then purchased and converted into a gun and sporting goods store. The building suffered moderate damage in the . . . Map (db m131360) HM
9California, Ventura County, Fillmore — 338 Central AvenueThe Towne Theatre
On Central Avenue north of Main Street, on the right when traveling north.
The Towne Theatre was constructed of unreinforced brick in 1918. The single-screen theater was used to show silent movies and the stage area was used for vaudeville. Mary Pickford performed here. The theater was closed due to extensive damage from . . . Map (db m131358) HM
10California, Ventura County, Fillmore — 340 Central Avenue
On Central Avenue north of Main Street, on the right when traveling north.
This building was constructed in 1915 in conjunction with the Towne Theatre and served as the center for recreation in Fillmore. The first floor of the building included a one-lane bowling alley, four pool tables and a soda fountain. The second . . . Map (db m131365) HM
11California, Ventura County, Fillmore — 348 Central AvenueBallard Furniture
On Central Avenue north of Main Street, on the right when traveling north.
This store was completely rebuilt following the 1994 earthquake. The building has six apartments on the upper floor and a 'breezeway' to the rear parking lot. The Ballard Family has been in the furniture business for more than 60 years. This . . . Map (db m131364) HM
12California, Ventura County, Fillmore — 362 Central AvenuePatterson Hardware
On Central Avenue south of Sespe Avenue, on the right when traveling north.
This hardware store was one of five owned by the three Hickey brothers of Ventura. The first location of this store was approximately 312 Central Avenue and was established by 1919. Harvey S. Patterson was the manager. Harvey S. and Edith . . . Map (db m131361) HM
13California, Ventura County, Fillmore — 364 Central AvenueFarmers and Merchants Bank
On Central Avenue at Sespe Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Central Avenue.
This building is one of the oldest surviving structures in Fillmore, having been built in 1913. It was constructed for the Farmers and Merchants Bank, which then became Security First National Bank and later Security Pacific National Bank, before a . . . Map (db m131362) HM
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14California, Ventura County, Fillmore — 47 — Fillmore State Bank
On Central Avenue at Main Street, on the right when traveling north on Central Avenue.
This building was constructed in 1917 to house the Fillmore State Bank, which had been founded in 1905 by Judge Felix Ewing and John Carne. In 1927 it became the Bank of Italy; the name was changed in 1930 to Bank of America. In 1965 the building . . . Map (db m77889) HM
15California, Ventura County, Fillmore — Fillmore's First Bank & Masonic Hall
On Santa Clara Street at Central Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Santa Clara Street.
Original Site of Fillmore's First Bank and Masonic Hall. Est. 1905Map (db m77901) HM
16California, Ventura County, Fillmore — 48 — Southern Pacific Depot
On Main Street, 0.2 miles east of Central Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
The Southern Pacific Depot was built in 1887 during the Southern California land boom of that decade. It was saved from demolition and moved to its present site in 1974 to become the Fillmore Historical Museum. This was done through the efforts of . . . Map (db m132748) HM
17California, Ventura County, Fillmore — St. Francis Dam Disaster
Near South Sespe Street south of South Mountain Road, on the left when traveling south.
Three minutes before midnight on the night of March 12, 1928, the St. Francis Dam collapsed sending over twelve billion gallons of water and debris the length of the Santa Clara River Valley from San Francisquito Canyon through Piru, Fillmore, and . . . Map (db m146565) HM
18California, Ventura County, Fillmore — 59 — The Artists’ BarnProperty and Pepper Tree
On Bard Street west of Saratoga Street, on the left when traveling west.
“The Artists Barn” was established in 1936 by Mr. Lawrence Hinckley. The converted old redwood barn served for many years as an art center for Ventura County and drew national recognition. The barn and pepper tree date back to the late . . . Map (db m135704) HM
19California, Ventura County, Moorpark — 55 — Moorpark’s Community Church
On Walnut Street at Charles Street, on the right when traveling north on Walnut Street.
This church is a unique combination of two historic buildings, the Epworth and the Somis churches. Retired Methodist ministers established the Epworth Colony in what is now the Fairview district of Moorpark. A small chapel was built in 1894 . . . Map (db m131705) HM
20California, Ventura County, Moorpark — 2 — Santa Rosa SchoolOld Butterfield Stage Route
On Santa Rosa Road, 0.6 miles west of Moorpark Road, on the left when traveling west.
Santa Rosa School Site and School Bell The first Santa Rosa School was built and the school bell installed in 1912 by local farmers, among whom were members of the Norwegian Colony in Conejo Valley. A new school was built in . . . Map (db m180259) HM
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21California, Ventura County, Moorpark — Tanner Corner
On Moorpark Avenue at High Street, on the left when traveling north on Moorpark Avenue.
Built 1902. Oldest commercial building. Original exterior. First gas station. First firehouse. First garage. Early courthouse. California Historical Register.Map (db m146435) HM
22California, Ventura County, Newbury Park — Rancho Sierra VistaSanta Monica Mountains
Near Lynn Road at Via Goleta.
Boney Mountain overlooks a land where the old west meets the new. The horse ranch to your right was once part of a much larger operation, which extended over 10,000 acres into present-day Point Mugu State Park. On a clear day it is . . . Map (db m180281) HM
23California, Ventura County, Newbury Park — 659 — Stagecoach Inn
Near North Ventu Park Road, on the right when traveling south.
Originally located some 200 yards to the north, the Stagecoach Inn was built in 1876. Its redwood lumber came by sea and was freighted up the steep Conejo Grade by multi-team wagons. From 1887 to 1901, the hotel served as a regular depot for the . . . Map (db m51035) HM
24California, Ventura County, Newbury Park — 30 & 44 — Stagecoach Inn and Sycamore Tree
Near North Ventu Park Road, on the right when traveling south.
"The hotel was built by James Hammell as the Grand Union Hotel in 1876 and was often called the "Conejo" or "Big" Hotel. In 1885, the site was purchased by Cecil Haigh. In 1965, his grandson, H. Allen Hays, donated 4 acres and the hotel to the . . . Map (db m78003) HM
25California, Ventura County, Ojai — 25 — Matilija Hot Springs
On Matilija Hot Springs Road west of California Route 33, on the left when traveling west.
Matilija Hot Springs was developed as a health spa and vacation resort by J.W.Wilcox in 1871. In 1873 cabins were added and a hotel built. The resort was destroyed by the floods of 1884, but rebuilt in 1885 with a bath house and other . . . Map (db m167495) HM
26California, Ventura County, Ojai — 12 — Ojai City Jail
Near Signal Street near Ojai Avenue.
The county built this jail in 1929. It housed over 650 inmates during its 50 years of use.Map (db m119678) HM
27California, Ventura County, Ojai — 6 — Ojai Post Office Tower and Portico
On Ojai Avenue at Signal Street, on the right when traveling east on Ojai Avenue.
The Ojai Post Office Tower and Portico, completed in 1917, provide a scenic focal point for the downtown area. Architects Frank Mead and Richard Requa modeled the tower after the Christopher Columbus Cathedral in Havana, Cuba, with . . . Map (db m154419) HM
28California, Ventura County, Ojai — 27 — The History of Libbey Bowl
Near Signal Street south of Ojai Avenue.
The original Bowl was built in Edward Drummond Libbey's Civic Center Park in phases from 1952 to 1957 by a community effort led by the Ojai Music Festival. The shell was designed by architects Austen Pierpont of Ojai and Roy C. Wilson of Santa . . . Map (db m154425) HM
29California, Ventura County, Ojai — 5 — The Ojai Arcade
Near East Ojai Avenue south of South Signal Street, on the left when traveling east.
The Arcade was the inspiration of winter resident Edward Drummond Libbey of Libbey Glass in Ohio. He hired the architectural firm of Mead and Requa to design the arcade. Robert Winfield was the contractor. Libbey asked merchants to contribute $10 . . . Map (db m117492) HM
30California, Ventura County, Oxnard — "La Jenelle"
Near Ocean Drive at Sawtelle Avenue, on the right when traveling south.
Buried beneath this beach is the 467–foot hull of the “La Jenelle”. The luxury liner was driven aground at this site during a coastal storm on April 13, 1970. The State Lands Commission coordinated a joint federal, state and . . . Map (db m102962) HM
31California, Ventura County, Oxnard — 16 — American Beet Sugar Factory
On East 5th Street, 0.1 miles east of Oxnard Boulevard, on the right when traveling east.
The American Beet Sugar Factory was built on a 100-acre site between 5th Street and Wooley Road in 1898 at a cost of $2,000,000 by sugar industrialists Henry, James, Robert and Benjamin Oxnard. It was the second largest sugar beet factory in the . . . Map (db m172231) HM
32California, Ventura County, Oxnard — 9 — Cesar E. ChavezChildhood Home Site
On Garfield Avenue north of Colonia Road, on the right when traveling north.
Cesar E. Chavez was born in Yuma, Arizona, on March 31, 1927. His parents Librado and Juana Chavez came to Oxnard to work in the walnut orchards in 1938, 1939 and 1940. During their 1939 stay the family lived in a storage building at this . . . Map (db m146945) HM
33California, Ventura County, Oxnard — 70 — First Church of Christ ScientistHeritage Square Hall
Near A Street south of 7th Street, on the right when traveling south.
Original - Earlier Names: (1) Christian Church. (2) First Church of Christ Scientist. Original - Earlier Locations: (1) Corner of C and 6th Streets. (2) Corner of D and 2nd Streets. Construction Date: Summer 1902. Architect & Builder: E. . . . Map (db m194104) HM
34California, Ventura County, Oxnard — 74 — Henry Levy House
On G Street at 2nd Street, on the left when traveling north on G Street.
The Henry Levy House, circa 1914. Ventura County Landmark #74.Map (db m187832) HM
35California, Ventura County, Oxnard — 145 — Perkins / Claberg House
Near A Street south of 7th Street, on the right when traveling south.
Original Owner: David Tod Perkins. Original Location: 464 W. Pleasant Valley Road. Construction Date: Ca. 1887. Builder: Jens Rasmussen. The History David Tod Perkins was the son of a prominent Ohio family that included a . . . Map (db m194101) HM
36California, Ventura County, Oxnard — 100 — Petit Ranch House
Near B Street south of 7th Street, on the left when traveling south.
Original Owner: Justin and Frances Petit. Original Location: 1900 East Wooley Road. Construction Date: Ca. 1896. Architect: Herman Anlauf. The History The Petit family emigrated from France to America in 1853 when baby Justin . . . Map (db m194066) HM
37California, Ventura County, Oxnard — Petre Ranch HouseHeritage Square
On 7th Street west of A Street, on the left when traveling west.
The History. Archie Petre (pronounced Peter) came to Oxnard sometime before 1910 as a younger member of an extended family that included his brother-in-law and sister, George and Mabel Austin. Coincidentally, in those early years, the . . . Map (db m130591) HM
38California, Ventura County, Oxnard — 14 — The House of the SeaRest Stop for Weary Travelers — Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area —
On Pacific Coast Highway (California Route 1) at Mugu Canyon Rest Area, on the left when traveling north on Pacific Coast Highway.
Chumash seafarers were so comfortable on the ocean that elder Kitsepawit once called the tomol (plank canoe) “the house of the sea.” Shipbuilders crafted the tomol by splitting driftwood, sewing planks with cordage, and caulking with . . . Map (db m154652) HM
39California, Ventura County, Oxnard — 165 — The Maulhardt Winery
Near Gottfried Place north of Cesar Chavez Drive, on the left when traveling north.
Built in the 1870's by Gottfried Maulhardt who was on the building committee for the Santa Clara Chapel along with his brothers Jacob and Anton plus Dominick McGrath, Thomas Cloyne & Christian Borchard. Gottfried grew 250 vines of the . . . Map (db m146638) HM
40California, Ventura County, Oxnard — 17 — The Oxnard Pagoda
On South C Street near 5th Street, on the left when traveling south.
The pagoda was built in 1910 to house the pump which supplied water for irrigating the park. It was designed by architect Alfred J. Priest and built by Thomas H. Carroll, contractor. In 1911 the roof was raised to provide room for the band platform. . . . Map (db m120957) HM
41California, Ventura County, Piru — Governor Juan Alvarado
On East Telegraph Road (State Highway 126), on the right when traveling west.
Granted the Rancho San Francisco on January 22, 1839, to Antonio del Valle, including 48,815 square acres. Jacoba Felz filed a claim against this grant, which was dismissed June 8, 1857. The Del Valle family chose Camulos as their home, which later . . . Map (db m115807) HM
42California, Ventura County, Piru — 624 — Portolá Expedition
On Orchard Street south of North Main Street, on the right when traveling north.
On August 11, 1769, the explorers and priests accompanying Portolá found a populous village of Piru Indians near this point. Carrying their bowstrings loose, the Indians offered necklaces of stones, in exchange for which Portolá presented them with . . . Map (db m170384) HM
43California, Ventura County, Piru — 553 — Rancho CamulosNational Historic Landmark
On East Telegraph Road (State Highway 126), on the right when traveling east.
Rancho Camulos has been designated a National Historic Landmark. This residential complex possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America. Ygnacio del Valle established Rancho Camulos in 1853, on . . . Map (db m154495) HM
44California, Ventura County, Piru — St. Francis Dam Disaster90th Anniversary
On Center Street, 0.5 miles west of Main Street, on the left when traveling west.
This memorial is dedicated to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the St. Francis Dam Disaster. Just before midnight on March 12, 1928, the dam collapsed and sent billions of gallons of water down the San Francisquito Canyon, eventually meeting . . . Map (db m146566) HM
45California, Ventura County, Piru — 4 — The Piru MansionNewhall Mansion — Cook Mansion —
On Park Street, 0.2 miles north of Center Street, on the left when traveling north.
Built 1886-1890 by David Caleb Cook. Destroyed by fire February 18, 1981. Rebuilt 1981-1983 by Ruth and Scott Newhall, with the skills of the following artists and artisans: John L. Schleimer, J & J Construction Co., Contractor. . . . Map (db m170370) HM
46California, Ventura County, Point Mugu — F-14 TomcatPoint Mugu
On Naval Air Road at Wood Road, on the right when traveling south on Naval Air Road.
The F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, two seat, twin engine, swing wing air superiority fighter designed and manufactured by Grumman Aerospace Corporation. In addition to its primary fighter role carrying AIM-7 Sparrow, AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles and an . . . Map (db m154330) HM
47California, Ventura County, Point Mugu — Naval Air Missile Test Center, Point Mugu, CaliforniaAIAA Historic Aerospace Site
On Mugu Road at Naval Air Road, on the right when traveling south on Mugu Road.
Established in 1946 to provide a comprehensive test and evaluation site for tactical missiles, Point Mugu has been instrumental in the development, test, evaluation and inservice support of systems including Regulus, Sparrow, Phoenix, Bullpup, . . . Map (db m214304) HM
48California, Ventura County, Port Hueneme — Alaska Flight 261 Memorial
Near Ocean View Drive south of Surfside Drive, on the right when traveling south.
January 31, 2000 at 4:22 PM, Alaska flight 261 ended off Anacapa Island. The flight was en route from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to San Francisco and Seattle. This monument honors and remembers for all time the eighty-eight passengers and crew members . . . Map (db m145063) HM
49California, Ventura County, Port Hueneme — 32 — Bank of Hueneme
On Market Street at Port Hueneme Road, on the right when traveling north on Market Street.
Constructed in 1925, this building served as the Bank of Hueneme until 1950. Myron Hunt, architect.Map (db m129519) HM
50California, Ventura County, Port Hueneme — 20 — Bard Memorial
On Ventura Road at Park Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Ventura Road.
Site of Sen. Thomas R. Bard’s first home. A memorial plot was built by the Bard family and dedicated in 1958. Now owned by the United States government with an easement to the city of Port Hueneme for the purpose of maintaining a memorial to the . . . Map (db m193908) HM
51California, Ventura County, Port Hueneme — 86 — Gerberding / Moranda House
On Clara Street at 3rd Street, on the left when traveling west on Clara Street.
Ventura County Landmark No. 86 — Gerberding-Moranda home.Map (db m195725) HM
52California, Ventura County, Port Hueneme — 37 — Hueneme Slough
On South Surfside Drive south of Port Hueneme Road, on the right when traveling south.
W. B. Moranda Park was constructed over the former Hueneme Slough, or lagoon. High tides created this 8-acre body of water surrounded by cattails (tules) making it a haven for water fowl. The Ventura County Railroad crossed the slough on a trestle . . . Map (db m136194) HM
53California, Ventura County, Port Hueneme — Olive
Near N Ventura Road at Teakwood Street, on the right when traveling south.
Olive TD-9 International Harvester Tractor with Bucyrus Erie Blade International Harvester (IH) began manufacturing tractors in 1909. From 1939 to 1959, IH produced the TD-9 tractor. IH built 59,800 of these models, which it produced at it’s . . . Map (db m103004) HM WM
54California, Ventura County, Port Hueneme — 57 — Point Hueneme LighthouseHueneme: “Resting Place”
Near Surfside Drive, 0.6 miles west of Market Street, on the left when traveling west.
As early as 1857, the need for a lighthouse at Point Hueneme to mark the eastern Santa Barbara Channel entrance was recognized. In March 1873 Congress appropriated funds for a light station and a 60-acre lighthouse reservation at Point Hueneme. . . . Map (db m155775) HM
55California, Ventura County, Port Hueneme — 19 — Women’s Improvement ClubCirca 1914
On Scott Street at Market Street, on the right when traveling west on Scott Street.
Women's Improvement Club has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.Map (db m193824) HM
56California, Ventura County, Santa Paula — 996 — Birthplace of Union Oil Company of California — National Register of Historic Places —
On Main Street at 10th Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street.
Birthplace of Union Oil Company of California. Founded October 17, 1890. Presented by the City of Santa Paula, California, to Union Oil Company of California, in commemoration of the company's 50 years of service to the West, August Twenty-Four, . . . Map (db m154493) HM
57California, Ventura County, Santa Paula — 142 — Canyon SchoolBarbara Webster Elementary
On Saticoy Street at 11th Street, on the right when traveling west on Saticoy Street.
1925 Canyon School was built. Built especially for Spanish-speaking children to meet their language needs. Parents were offered classes in citizenship, health, and homemaking. Originally, there were eight classrooms. . . . Map (db m184851) HM
58California, Ventura County, Santa Paula — 132 — Familia Diaz CafeFormerly Las Quince Letras
Near South 10th Street (California Route 150) at E. Harvard Boulevard. Reported missing.
Jose Angel Diaz and Josepha de la Torre came to Santa Paula from Mexico with their parents. They met in 1916 while working at Limoneira Packing House, married in 1919 and started the first cafe at their home in 1935. In 1936 they moved into a . . . Map (db m120829) HM
59California, Ventura County, Santa Paula — 1 — Faulkner House1894 — Ventura County Landmark No. 1 —
On Telegraph Road west of Briggs Road, on the left when traveling west.
This home was the culmination of George Washington Faulkner’s dream, expressed to his bride in 1876: "We will have to begin at the foot of the ladder and grow up with the country, but I think that in a few years we can have a beautiful home if . . . Map (db m131410) HM
60California, Ventura County, Santa Paula — 81 — First Christian Church
On Railroad Avenue at 9th Street, on the right when traveling west on Railroad Avenue.
This church was built in 1900 by contributions from the members of the congregation. The Reverend Mr. James F. Stewart chaired the committee of church members who supervised the building of the church, and raising the funds necessary for . . . Map (db m175578) HM
61California, Ventura County, Santa Paula — 65 — Glen Tavern Inn
On Mill Street at Santa Barbara Street, on the right when traveling south on Mill Street.
Glen Tavern Inn, built 1911. Presented by Aquila Chase chapter, National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, 12 October 2014. The Glen Tavern Inn, built in 1911, has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by . . . Map (db m175684) HM
62California, Ventura County, Santa Paula — 143 — Isbell School1939
On 4th Street north of Harvard Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
Federal Works Agency, Public Works Administration. John M. Carmody, Federal Works Administrator. Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States. Isbell School, 1939.Map (db m184889) HM
63California, Ventura County, Santa Paula — 111 — McKevett School
Near Pleasant Street at Mill Street, on the right when traveling west.
North Grammar School was built in 1910 on land given by Mrs. Alice Stowell McKevett. On May 15, 1927, the PTA and Pioneer Section of the Ebell Club rededicated North Grammar School as McKevett School in honor of its pioneer donor. Local . . . Map (db m184881) HM
64California, Ventura County, Santa Paula — Oil Well Ojai No. 6Prelude to California's Oil Empire
On Ojai Road (California Route 150 at milepost 27), 7.5 miles north of Highway 126, on the right when traveling west.
Near here in May 1867, the California Petroleum Company brought in "Ojai No. 6" at a depth of 550 feet. W.W. Orcutt described it as "The first well drilled for oil in California that yielded extended commercial production." It was the first . . . Map (db m202604) HM
65California, Ventura County, Santa Paula — 727 — Portolá Expedition
On East Harvard Boulevard, on the right when traveling east.
On August 13, 1769 reaching the junction of the Arroyo Mupu with the river, the place was named the Holy Martyrs, Ipólito and Casiano. Upon founding the Mission of San Buenaventura, the priests established here an asistencia and christened it Santa . . . Map (db m137825) HM
66California, Ventura County, Santa Paula — Saint Francis Dam Disaster Memorial
On East 10th Street (County Route 150) at East Santa Barbara Street, on the right when traveling north on East 10th Street.
Minutes before midnight on the chilly evening of March 12, 1928, the St. Francis Dam failed. The dam's 200-foot high concrete wall crumpled and collapsed, sending billions of gallons of raging flood waters down San Francisquito Canyon, about five . . . Map (db m146569) HM
67California, Ventura County, Santa Paula — 9 — Santa Clara Schoolhouse
On East Telegraph Road (California Route 126), on the right when traveling east.
The Santa Clara School District was formed in 1879 when farmers in the area wanted a public school for their children. Members of the first Board of Trustees were Mathew Atmore, Ruben Hall and C.H. Chittenden. The first schoolhouse was built in . . . Map (db m125568) HM
68California, Ventura County, Santa Paula — St. Francis Dam Disaster
Near Cemetery Road north of West Santa Paula Street.
To honor victims of the St. Francis Dam Disaster, March 12, 1928. This monument of native stone was placed in respectful memory of the nameless souls whose unmarked graves rest in this hallowed ground.Map (db m146567) HM
69California, Ventura County, Santa Paula — 756 — Sycamore Tree
On West Telegraph Road (Route 126 at milepost 16.7) at Sycamore Road, on the right when traveling west on West Telegraph Road. Reported missing.
In 1846 General John C. Fremont passed this site of the sycamore tree on his way to sign a treaty with General Andres Pico to secure California for future annexation to the United States. It served the Padres as a resting place; the community as a . . . Map (db m114949) HM
70California, Ventura County, Santa Paula — 46 — Tanner HomesteadVentura County Historical Landmark #46
On East Telegraph Road (California Route 126) 1.6 miles east of California Route 150, on the right when traveling east.
The west portion of this house, which was built in the 1870s, is the original Tanner Home. Albert Miles Tanner was a member of the Mormon Battalion at the time of the War with Mexico. He opened the first hotel in Sacramento with Sam Brannon. Later . . . Map (db m131741) HM
71California, Ventura County, Santa Paula — 23 — The Depot, Santa Paula
On 10th Street at Santa Barbara Street, on the left when traveling north on 10th Street.
Prefabricated in Southern Pacific's Sacramento shops, shipped in sections by rail, and assembled on this site; the depot opened for business in 1887. The second story served as living quarters for the station agent and family. . . . Map (db m175580) HM
72California, Ventura County, Santa Paula — 76 — The Ebell Club
On South 7th Street south of Main Street, on the left when traveling south.
The Ebell Club of Santa Paula was organized in 1913. It was the ninth chapter in California. In 1917, Alice Stowell McKevett donated land for Ebell Park and erected the first half of the building in memory of her husband, Charles M. McKevett. The . . . Map (db m120828) HM
73California, Ventura County, Santa Paula — 35 — The Hardison Estate
On Ojai Road (California Route 150) at Royal Oaks Place, on the left when traveling north on Ojai Road.
Site of the W. L. Hardison Estate, established in 1884 by Wallace Libbey Hardison with his wife Clara McDonald. Hardison, born in Maine in 1850, was a Representative in the 104th Pennsylvania Legislature before coming to Santa Paula in 1883 with . . . Map (db m175487) HM
74California, Ventura County, Santa Paula — 61 — The Town Clock
On Main Street at Davis Street, on the left when traveling west on Main Street.
This is the site of the first meeting of the Santa Paula Oddfellows lodge, April 26 1884. The original hall was destroyed by fire in 1903. The present building with the clock tower was erected in 1905. Community donations made it possible to . . . Map (db m175682) HM
75California, Ventura County, Santa Paula — Water Well Drilling RigCirca 1890
On Railroad Avenue at 9th Street, on the left when traveling west on Railroad Avenue.
This oak and steel drilling rig was manufactured by the Star Drilling Machine Company of Akron Ohio and used to drill for water on the Temple Ranch, which was located between Fillmore and Santa Paula. This model was self propelled and . . . Map (db m181028) HM
76California, Ventura County, Saticoy — 176 — Saticoy Railroad Depot
Near Azahar Street at Alelia Avenue.
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.Map (db m184238) HM
77California, Ventura County, Saticoy — 6 — Saticoy SpringsHistoric Point of Interest — Chumash Indian Village —
Near Cosmos Avenue, 0.1 miles south of Telephone Road.
Ventura County is within the historic territory of the Ventureño Chumash. The Chumash village of Sa’aqtik’oy, from which the Saticoy area takes its name, was located near this site and was first recorded in the diaries of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo . . . Map (db m184242) HM
78California, Ventura County, Simi Valley — Blasting HolesCorriganville
Near Smith Road, 0.5 miles east of Kuehner Drive, on the left when traveling east.
The Simi Valley train tunnel was constructed by using blasting powder to break up large sections of the mountain into smaller, easier to handle pieces of rock. Workers moved the broken up rocks to mounds like the one posted at sign 3 [Railroad . . . Map (db m211522) HM
79California, Ventura County, Simi Valley — 8 — Canyon RockCorriganville
On Smith Road, 0.5 miles east of Kuehner Drive, on the left when traveling east.
On the north side of Robin Hood Lake, east of Silvertown is Canyon Rock, also known as Hideout Rock. The space between the tree and the huge rock was often used to simulate the entrance to the valley. The photograph shown is from the . . . Map (db m200556) HM
80California, Ventura County, Simi Valley — Chinese CampsiteCorriganville
Near Smith Road, 0.5 miles east of Kuehner Drive, on the left when traveling east.
Construction of the railroad through Simi Valley commenced in 1900 and was completed in 1904. The Chinese are credited with helping to build many of America's western railroad systems. Chinese blue ware pottery shards (broken . . . Map (db m200562) HM
81California, Ventura County, Simi Valley — Concrete PoolCorriganville
Near Smith Road, 0.5 miles east of Kuehner Drive, on the left when traveling east.
This concrete pool was built for water scenes in the movies filmed at Corriganville during the 1940's - 1960's. The square portholes located on the sides of the concrete walls are camera windows used to shoot underwater scenes. "The . . . Map (db m200576) HM
82California, Ventura County, Simi Valley — 979 — El Rancho Simi1795
Near Strathearn Place, 0.2 miles west of Madera Road.
This is the site of the headquarters of the Spanish Rancho San Jose de Nuestra Senora de Altagarcia y Simi. The name derives from "Shimiji," the name of the Chumash village here before the Spanish. At 113,000 acres, Rancho Simi was one of the . . . Map (db m167458) HM
83California, Ventura County, Simi Valley — F-117A NighthawkWorld’s First Operational Stealth Aircraft — Operation Nighthawk Landing —
Near Presidential Drive, 1 mile north of Madera Road.
The F-117A Nighthawk was developed at the height of the Cold War by the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. At a time when the U.S. faced hostility and uncertainty, the F-117A proved to be a pivotal piece in President Reagan's commitment to . . . Map (db m210191) HM
84California, Ventura County, Simi Valley — 4 — Fort ApacheCorriganville
Near Smith Road, 0.5 miles east of Kuehner Drive, on the left when traveling east.
The fort was originally built in 1947 for John Ford's production of Fort Apache, which starred John Wayne and Henry Fonda. Over the years, the set was used for numerous films including Streets of Laredo (1949), Escape from Fort Bravo (1953), . . . Map (db m196188) HM
85California, Ventura County, Simi Valley — 5 — Fort ApacheCorriganville
Near Smith Road, 0.5 miles east of Kuehner Drive.
The photograph shows Gene Autry in front of the Balcony Building during the filming of a scene from Indian Territory. Built by John Ford in the latter half of 1947 for the movie Fort Apache, this set was the location of numerous films and . . . Map (db m211451) HM
86California, Ventura County, Simi Valley — 939 — Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village
On Cochran Street west of Fig Street, on the right when traveling west.
Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village This fantastic assemblage is one of California's remarkable Twentieth Century Folk Art Environments. In 1956, Tressa Prisbrey, then nearly 60 years old, started building a fanciful "village" of shrines, . . . Map (db m149173) HM
87California, Ventura County, Simi Valley — 134 — Heritage OakQuercus Agrifolia
On Heritage Oak Court, 0.1 miles west of Tapo Canyon Road, in the median.
The Heritage Oak that stood on this site for more than 400 years was witness to the 4 historical periods of Simi Valley. From the Chumash Indians, to the largest land grant ever made to the Pico family in the Spanish period, through the pioneer . . . Map (db m132651) HM
88California, Ventura County, Simi Valley — In Memory of Those Who Perished
Near Los Angeles Avenue, 0.2 miles west of Stearns Street, on the left when traveling west.
In reverent memory of those who perished in the September 12, 2008 Metrolink Train Disaster, with hope and encouragement for those who survived, and with gratitude for the first responders for their heroism and compassion.Map (db m114074) HM
89California, Ventura County, Simi Valley — Railroad Tunnel MoundCorriganville
Near Smith Road, 0.5 miles east of Kuehner Drive.
The Southern Pacific Railroad Company completed the one and one-half mile railroad tunnel between Chatsworth and Simi Valley in 1904. The rock material removed from the tunnel during construction was piled up to form the mound in front of . . . Map (db m200566) HM
90California, Ventura County, Simi Valley — 10 — Robin Hood LakeCorriganville
Near Smith Road, 0.5 miles east of Kuehner Drive, on the left when traveling east.
Robin Hood Lake, also called Jungle Jim Lake, showcased Stunt Rock from which Jungle Jim (Johnny Weissmuller) would dive into the water. To allow for underwater photography, a camera house was built and hidden under the bridge at the west . . . Map (db m199610) HM
91California, Ventura County, Simi Valley — Ronald Wilson Reagan
Near Presidental Drive, 1 mile north of Madera Road.
I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph, and there is purpose and worth to each and every life.Map (db m82161)
92California, Ventura County, Simi Valley — 29 — Santa Susana Railroad DepotCentennial Celebration 1903-2003
On Katherine Road at Kuehner Drive, on the right when traveling west on Katherine Road.
Built by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1903 at Los Angeles Avenue and Tapo Street. Moved to its present site in 1975. Designated by the Ventura County Heritage Board in 1976 as County Historical Landmark 29.Map (db m117586) HM
93California, Ventura County, Simi Valley — 1 — SilvertownCorriganville
Near Smith Road, 0.5 miles east of Kuehner Drive.
At the far end of town is the stable, home for the horses used for the trail and stagecoach rides. The rock formation in the photos above remains one of Corriganville's most recognizable landmarks. The fistfight, shown in the image . . . Map (db m211457) HM
94California, Ventura County, Simi Valley — 6 — SilvertownCorriganville
Near Smith Road, 0.5 miles east of Kuehner Drive.
This town site at Corriganville had many names in Hollywood including Dodge City, Mineral City, Tombstone, and Lone Ranger Ranch. Most visitors knew it as Silvertown. Whatever the name, people came by the busloads to be entertained by the Wild West . . . Map (db m154424) HM
95California, Ventura County, Simi Valley — 6 — Simi Adobe
Near Strathearn Place, 0.2 miles west of Madera Road, on the right when traveling west.
The Simi Adobe was headquarters for the Spanish Colonial Land Grant named San Jose de Nuestra Senora de Altagracia y Simi. Santiago Pico was the original grantee in 1795, followed by three of his sons, Francisco Javier, Miguel and Patricio, to whom . . . Map (db m143273) HM
96California, Ventura County, Simi Valley — 139 — Simi Elementary Schooland Bungalows
On School Street just west of Deodora Street, on the left when traveling west.
These are Simi Valley's only school buildings of any significant age. Simi School District was formed in 1889, and school was held in one of the colony houses, while the new building was built and furnished for $3000. In 1902, . . . Map (db m172223) HM
97California, Ventura County, Simi Valley — 40 — Simi Library1930
Near Strathearn Place, 0.2 miles west of Madera Road.
Community-minded citizens of Simi Valley raised the money for the land, then asked the Ventura County Library system to build this small building. There had been numerous county branches here and there, using a spare room in a church or . . . Map (db m173110) HM
98California, Ventura County, Simi Valley — 9 — Susanna Pass BridgeCorriganville
Near Smith Road, 0.5 miles east of Kuehner Drive, on the left when traveling east.
Susanna Pass Bridge is located at the east end of Robin Hood Lake. Movies that used this location include Susanna Pass (1949), Twilight in the Sierras (1950), The Three Musketeers (1948), Inspector General (1949), The Swordsman (1948), and The . . . Map (db m211521) HM
99California, Ventura County, Simi Valley — 7 — Trail Blazers CaveCorriganville
Near Smith Road, 0.5 miles east of Kuehner Drive, on the left when traveling east.
The cave was a clever fake: the right side had been built up with plaster and cement. Shown at the cave's front entrance are, from left to right, Bob Steele, Hoot Gibson, and Ken Maynard. Movies that used this location included Arizona . . . Map (db m200559) HM
100California, Ventura County, Simi Valley — 2 — Vendetta VillageCorriganville
Near Smith Road, 0.5 miles east of Kuehner Drive.
The photo shows the main entrance to Vendetta Village, dated: 1959. Producer Howard Hughes built this for his picture, Vendetta (released in 1950). The film was directed by Mel Ferrer and starred Faith Domergue, Hillary Brooke, and Nigel . . . Map (db m211454) HM

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