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Ventura is a California coastal city, northwest of Los Angeles. It’s known for its beaches, like San Buenaventura State Beach, with long, wooden Ventura Pier. Surfer's Point is popular for surfing and windsurfing. Landmarks on downtown’s Main Street include the Mission San Buenaventura, with its 1809 church. Boats depart Ventura Harbor for Channel Islands National Park.

 

 

With its beautiful beaches, mustard seed covered mountains, and vibrant downtown life, Ventura has become one of the most desirable places to live. An hour north of the Los Angeles metropolis, Ventura is not to be underestimated as a small beach town but rather, a growing diverse city with a rich history. Listed below are eight historical facts that are guaranteed to spark your interest in this beautiful gem of the Central Coast.