What comes to mind when you think about Camarillo? Maybe it’s the hometown feeling, beautiful scenery or the strong bond amongst the locals. There are many aspects of Camarillo to explore and fall in love with. Have you ever stopped and wondered what Camarillo was like before we made it be what it is today? The history of Camarillo is unique because its roots are what made this wonderful community who and what it is today.
Camarillo was founded by Adolfo Camarillo, son of Don Juan Camarillo. Although, Ventura County was established in 1873, the birthing of Camarillo was finalized on October 22nd, 1964. In the beginning, there were not as many big businesses as there are today in Camarillo. The basic essentials, such as food and home goods were the building blocks paving the way for Camarillo to grow and develop.
Long before the Don Juan Camarillo’s settled in Ventura County, there has been some evidence indicating there was Indian culture in the lands of Camarillo from nearly 7,000 years ago. Artifacts and excavations were released by Ventura County later on, bringing to light that Indian settlers were actually here before all of us. That’s pretty cool if you ask me! Having that history of being connected to a past culture through land deepens the roots of Camarillo.
To fully engulf into the Camarillo community, a symbol was chosen to represent the connectivity and inclusiveness amongst the locals. That symbol is the Mission Bell. It was first erected in August of 1906 and has held a large significance to each generation that passes through Camarillo
Another way to keep the city close was by expanding their avenues to other towns by adding the first direct rail link in 1904. Traveling signs and symbols began to develop in 1925-1926 in Camarillo to make getting to one’s destination a lot easier. The Southern Pacific Railroad track helped traveling passengers reach their destinations and be able to bring prosperity to Camarillo.
The first school in this beautiful town of ours was the Pleasant Valley School district in 1868. The oldest church in Camarillo dates back to 1869; the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. The first daily newspaper began nearly a century ago. The Camarillo Chamber of Commerce was implemented in the early 1960’s and a decade later large industrial firms began developing within Camarillo. Due to Camarillo being so fresh, clean and brand spanking new, everybody wanted to be here! It was even referred to as the “mecca of the clean” in the 1970’s.
For the past hundred years, Camarillo has nearly tripled in its population and continues to grow each and every day. Camarillo is adorned for its moderate climate, growing businesses and its warm, embracing community. Who wouldn’t want to live here after knowing all of these fun facts? I sure plan on staying! The history of Camarillo is distinctive and special. It has laid the groundwork for us to be apart of this community today. Sometimes we need to stop and take a look back before we can keep moving forward. Due to the marvelous community we have, the Camarillo community will forever continue to grow.