New from Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series is Santa Susana by local author Bill Appleton and the Simi Valley Historical Society. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images along with a supportive narrative.
Santa Susana is one of three rural towns in Simi Valley that began at the turn of the 20th century. The town derives its name from the surrounding mountains, Sierra de Santa Susanna, and grew up alongside the railroad depot built by the Southern Pacific Company in 1903.
The history of Santa Susana can be traced back to the Chumash Indian village of Ta’apu and a Spanish land grant, El Rancho Simi. The area was first surveyed by the Simi Valley Land and Water Company in 1887 for the sale of ranches. By the mid-1950s, Santa Susana had become a recognized agricultural center, noted for citrus and walnut production. Corriganville and Bottle Village are unique tourist destinations that originated near the Santa Susana Airport.
Highlights of Santa Susana:
• Focuses on the township of Santa Susana that grew up alongside the Southern Pacific railroad.
• Includes several images that have never been published before.
• Offers a variety of colorful characters that contributed to the development of Santa Susana. Many were first and second generation settlers.
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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