Guadalupe, California

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Guadalupe is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Its estimated population as of 2007 was 6,659. It was incorporated as a city on May 19, 1946. Guadalupe is economically and socially tied to the city of Santa Maria, which is about ten miles to the east.

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Geography

Guadalupe is located in the northwestern extremity of Santa Barbara County, immediately south of the Santa Maria River.[1] The landscape in the vicinity of the town is mostly flat, with the predominant land use being agriculture and oil production. Hills rise to the south of the town; on the other side of the hills is Vandenberg Air Force Base. West of town, both in Santa Barbara County and north in adjacent San Luis Obispo County, is the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes, a large region of dune habitat along the Pacific Ocean shore. Filmmakers have used this region as a setting for several films, including Cecil B. DeMille's 1923 Ten Commandments. Scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean III and Hidalgo have also been filmed here. The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center serves as the education and research facility for the natural area.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 kmĀ²), all of it land. The town consists of a tight cluster of buildings, surrounded largely by agricultural land.

Education

Guadalupe has two schools, Mary Buren Elementary and McKenzie Junior High. Mary Buren Elementary is a great school it is from : kinder-fifth grade. There is only 1-2 class a child has to go to. At McKenzie Junior High is from: six-eighth grade. There is 8-9 perido that a child has to go to.

Parks, businesses, and transportation

Guadalupe is a small town. There is a beach near Guadalupe that is part of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes. In addition to the Dunes Center, the town contains an art museum, the Rancho de Guadalupe Historical Society, and a public library. Parks in the area include Jack O'Connell Park, where the Bulldogs youth football team practices, and Leroy Park. Guadalupe Police Department runs the Gladiator's club, which provides peer-to-peer mentoring for fifth and sixth grade youth[1]. Riverview apartment tutoring program, provides places for children to go after school.

Some of the town businesses include The Far Western Tavern, a well-known regional steak house, the Masatani Mansion hardware store, La Chiquita bread store, and a dollar store. Guadalupe has two schools: Mary Buren Elementary (kindergarten through 5th grade), and Kermit McKenzie Junior High (6th through 8th grade). The mascot of both schools is the bobcat. There is also a public library on Main Street, with a dentist and a panaderia nearby. The dollar store is a popular place in town. There are two gas stations in the town.

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