Ventura, California

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Ventura, called San Buenaventura until 1891,[1] is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States, incorporated in 1866. The population was 100,916 at the 2000 census. The April 2010, California Department of Finance estimates the population at 109,946. [2] Ventura is accessible via U.S. Route 101, State Route 33, and State Route 126.



Father Junípero Serra founded Mission San Buenaventura in 1782,[3] forming the basis of what would become the city. The mission was named for St. Bonaventure, a Thirteenth Century Franciscan saint and a Doctor of the Church. On July 6, 1841, Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado granted Rancho San Miguel to Felipe Lorenzana and Raymundo Olivas,[4] whose Olivas Adobe on the banks of the Santa Clara River was the most magnificent hacienda south of Monterey.

After the American Civil War, settlers came to the area, buying land from the Mexicans, or simply as squatters. Vast holdings were later acquired by Easterners, including the railroad magnate, Thomas Scott. He was impressed by one of the young employees, Thomas R. Bard, who had been in charge of train supplies to Union troops, and Bard was sent west to handle Scott's property.

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