Santa Paula, California

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Santa Paula is a city within Ventura County, California, United States. The population was 28,598 at the 2000 census. The April 2010, California Department of Finance estimates the population at 30,048. [1] It has been dubbed the "Citrus Capital of the World." As the initial headquarters of the Union Oil Company of California, Santa Paula was one of the early centers of California's enormous petroleum industry.

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Geography

Santa Paula is located at 34°21′21″N 119°4′6″W / 34.35583°N 119.06833°W / 34.35583; -119.06833 (34.355792, -119.068425).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.9 km² (4.6 mi²), all land.

History

The vicinity of Santa Paula was originally inhabited by the Chumash, a Native American people. Father Junipero Serra became active in the area during the Spanish mission period; the town takes its name from the Catholic Saint Paula. Santa Paula is located on the 1843 Rancho Santa Paula y Saticoy Mexican land grant.

In 1872 Nathan Weston Blanchard purchased 2,700 acres (10.9 km2) and founded the town of Santa Paula. Several small oil companies owned by Wallace Hardison, Lyman Stewart and Thomas R. Bard combined to become the Union Oil Company in 1890.

In April 1911, Gaston Melies moved his Star Film Company from San Antonio, Texas to a site just north of Santa Paula.

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