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Old 09-13-2010, 09:54 PM
Location: Simi Valley
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If its about Ventura County history throw it in here.
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:59 PM
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Default Ventura County Old Photos Slide Show

Ventura and Oxnard Historical Pictures, Courtesy of the U.C. Cooperative*Extension - Welcome! - Conejo Valley Guide
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:02 PM
Location: Shallow alcove hidden from the telescreen
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Ventura County is a breakaway county. Split from Santa Barbara County in the late 1800s.
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:11 AM
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Originally Posted by Winston Smith View Post
Ventura County is a breakaway county. Split from Santa Barbara County in the late 1800s.
It was 1872.

I like the history of the stagecoach routes. There were three, essentially following the El Camino Real. The first was up the 101 freeway to about Erbes to about the Butterfield Grade (near CLU and the Conejo YMCA, but not the Norwegian Grade). The second went through the SFV to Chatsworth Park South and up a very rugged trail to Lilac Lane in Simi and on west. The third was up the Santa Susana Pass.

Also, excellent (and I mean excellent) books on the Conejo Valley History:

Heads and tails -- and odds and ends / by J.H. Russell
Cattle on the Conejo / J.H. Russell.

Another fantastic book:

Amazon.ca: Branches on the Conejo: Leaving the Soil After Five Generations: Books: Anne Schroeder

The Russell Family owned the land that is currently Westlake Village. Mr. Russell wrote two books on the early days in the Conejo Valley.

Here's Westlake Village when it was the Russell Ranch:

"In 1881, the Russell brothers purchased a large portion of the land for cattle ranching. The area was sold in 1925 to William Randolph Hearst and again in 1943 to Fred Albertson. [Note: there's an Albertson motorway, actually a dirt trail/fire road, from where I used to live in Lang Ranch to about where the Rocketdyne Santa Susana Field Lab is near the edge of the San Fernando Valley. I rode my mountain bike on it many times.] The Russell family leased back part of the land to continue its successful cattle ranch operation while the Albertson Company used the vast acreage as a movie ranch. Many movies and television shows were filmed here, including “Robin Hood,” “King Rat,” “Laredo,” and various episodes of “Tarzan,” “Buck Rogers,” “Gunsmoke,” and “Bonanza.”’

In 1963, the American- Hawaiian Steamship Company bought the 12,000 acre ranch for $32 million in partnership with Prudential Insurance Company and commissioned a master plan for a “city in the country." The original master-planned community of Westlake Village is transected diagonally by the Los Angeles and Ventura County line. The Los Angeles County side, consisting of 3,456 acres, was incorporated as the City of Westlake Village in 1981 and became the 82nd municipality in Los Angeles County. The Ventura County side, comprised of the remaining 8,544 acres of the original Russell ranch, was annexed into the City of Thousand Oaks in two portions in 1968 and 1972. "



neat stuff here:

Stagecoach Inn Museum

Janss Mall looking west 1965
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