Heritage Valley

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The Heritage Valley is a unique visitors’ mecca that includes the communities of Santa Paula, Fillmore, Bardsdale, and Piru. The early ranchos of Limoneira, Rancho Sespe, and Rancho Camulos are a part of the rich history of the region. The Limoneira Ranch, founded by Nathan Weston Blanchard and Wallace Hardison, is still a success today. Santa Paula became the “citrus capital of the world,” boasting the largest lemon ranch in the world. It was also the home of the Union Oil Company, and the original building now houses the Union Oil Museum. Further contributing to the area’s growth, the Southern Pacific Railroad built railway lines from Ventura to Los Angeles, which allowed citrus to be shipped throughout the United States. Following the St. Francis Dam disaster in 1928, the communities worked together, rebuilt the homes destroyed, and replanted all the citrus trees lost in the flood. The Heritage Valley offers a rare combination of a close-knit community woven into a rich fabric of local history to both visitors and longtime residents alike.
ISBN: 9781467105538
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 198
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Evie Ybarra, a native of Heritage Valley, is the author of five additional books. She has selected images from a wide variety of sources including the Santa Paula Historical Society and the John Nichols Gallery, as well as from various private collections and community members’ family albums.
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