Ventura (CA) (Images of America)

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Franciscan monk Fr. Junipero Serra, founder of the Spanish mission system in California, raised a cross on the beach on March 31, 1782, at a spot that became a general wayfarer's midpoint between Los Angeles and Point Conception. This was the dedication of Mission San Buenaventura. Bordered by rivers out of the foothills, this coastal area had originally been home to many Chumash Indian villages, dating back to 1000 A.D. The small mission outpost quickly flourished and eventually grew into a town complete with dirt streets, wooden sidewalks, saloons, churches, and various adventures and calamities. On March 10, 1866, the City of Good Fortune incorporated and received one of the first charters from the then 16-year-old, 31st state in the union. Today the city of Ventura bustles with more than 110,000 residents and is known as the Gateway to the Channel Islands.

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For this new retrospective, local historian, collector, lecturer, and tour guide Glenda J. Jackson has selected rare and historic images from private collections to continue her evocative tour through her beloved city's past, begun in her 2005 companion volume on Ventura in Arcadia Publishing's Postcard History Series.

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