foster park

I lived in the town of Foster park in the 1950s is there any pictures of it from then? it was such a neat little Norman rockwell type town,lots of mamories from there Hubie Balding

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Jun 27, 2012
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FOSTER PARK MARKET
by: Susie M.

The one thing I remember is the Foster Park Market where my brother Charlie worked in the mid-50s when he was in high school. When I'm in the area today, I find it virtually impossible to figure out where it used to be. It feels almost like I imagined the whole thing...

Mar 03, 2013
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Foster Park Was Real!
by: Jim Mills

I lived in Foster Park from 1948 to 1950. Those were the two happiest years of my childhood. I attended Mill Elementary School those two years.

The Foster Park Market was on the northwest corner of the intersection of Ventura Avenue and Casitas Vista Road, which is the road that goes through the park (also named Foster Park). On the south side of Casitas Vista Road were the Moose Hall and a trailer park, run by the Smith family, as I recall. It appears as if the entire community of Foster Park was removed for the building of the Ojai Freeway (California 33). The freeway now ends just north of the former Foster Park, and continues as a highway to Casitas Springs and points beyond. I believe the Foster Park Market would have been on Casitas Vista Road, just between the northbound bridge of the current freeway and the old Ventura Avenue. My home in those years, by the way, would have been just under the present northbound bridge.

I agree with Hubie Balding. Foster Park was the happiest place I have ever lived. And no, Susie, you didn’t imagine the whole thing. It was really there, as Hubie and I can remember.

Here’s a memory to see if anyone else can recall these events. The Moose Hall used to have a dance once a week, on Saturdays, as I recall. They had a live band (of course, there wasn’t any other kind in those days before disco), and people used to come from all over the county. The parking lot for the Moose Hall was fairly small, and the overflow customers used to park along Ventura Avenue for several block to the north. As they walked back to their cars, or maybe just sitting in the cars, they used to toss empty beer bottles and pop bottles along the side of Ventura Avenue. I would get up early Sunday morning and ride my bike down Ventura Avenue, picking up the empty bottles and stuffing them in my canvas bike bags (the kind paper boys used), then take them to the Foster Park Market and turn them in for the deposit (two cents per bottle). That’s how I made my spending money!

Happy Times!

Jul 21, 2013
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Foster Park
by: Russell

I grew up in Casitas Springs and went to school with all the Foster Park kids from 1955 to 1963. We swam in the Ventura River, played in Foster Park, rode our horses and bikes everywhere from Foster Park to Oak View. It was a great place to grow up. The small down of Foster Park was demolished to build the Ojai Freeway. Everyone who lived there had to relocate. It was sad! All gone for a Freeway that has never been finished.

Aug 04, 2013
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Foster Park
by: Anonymous

Foster Park was donated to Ventura in memory of ep foaters son who died.At ;the entrance are two LIONS HEADS also in his memory. why the county doesn't take care of them is beyond me. Most of the time they are covered with weeds.

Aug 04, 2013
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Foster Park
by: Anonymous

In the early days this park had a ghost. It was said to be the first mayor of ventura who was shot and killed.

Aug 06, 2013
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The County has not taken good care of Foster Park.
by: Russell

The park called Foster Park felt abandoned by the County even in the 1950's and 60's. Only a few pick-nickers used the park across the bridge. The ampatheater was unused and not taken care of. Parts of the park across the bridge and Ventura River did feel spooky to us kids. I remember(1953 or 54) Gypsy people and their wagon and horses camping in the part of the park between Hwy.33 and the river.

My father found the body of a dead man during the summer of 1952 in the part of the park that was between Santa Ana Road and the river. This part of the park was beside the river and overgrown with Willows and trees. It truely spooked us kids to ride our horses through that section of the park.

Sep 12, 2013
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foster park
by: Anonymous

the story goes back in horse and buggy days there was a ghost. a possee was formed, they shot and killed him. story goes the ghost was the first mayor. really a inreresting story.

Dec 03, 2013
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Photos of Foster Park (the town)
by: Anonymous

I am looking at an article about Foster Park in the Oxnard Press Courier from March 12, 1967. There are a few photos in the article. I see it via newspaperarchive.com, which is not free, but you might be able to access the paper at the library.

Sep 18, 2014
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Foster Park
by: Bob

My dad worked for Arrowhead Water and they had their company picknick at Foster Park. I loved to go to the creek and catch pollywogs, eat watermellon, and just run wild. I also remember, every now and then, my parents would go to foster park and dance, us kids would just run around playing hide and seek. Great times.

Nov 23, 2014
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i miss it
by: Anonymous

in the early 70s my best friend lived in the house on the other side of the road from the entrance of the park..i don't remember the name of the little road that went over the back side by the bowl ....I lived in oakview for years I still feel home sick

May 09, 2015
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Forgotten Foster Park
by: Rachel R

My friend Gwen has just completed her book on the history of Foster Park, she has collected stories from former residents and businessmen. It's truly a wonderful tribute to a little town many never knew existed.

Forgotten Foster Park (Images of America) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1467132772/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_BcTtvb1WGVTJA

Aug 16, 2015
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Parker Ranch
by: Wayland

We moved to the ranch located across the street form the store. There was the main house where, Gilbert and Ruth Parker lived. We lived in the guest house. Okies bar was 3 doors down. Old Jesse's Gas Station located across the Hwy where I spent many of afternoon sipping ice cold soda pop and eating roasted peanuts.The Robonsons lived directly across the street form us. Marie owned the liquor store. And Yes Green Chip Stamps were a big deal . I have so many stories that come to mind. One was when Monety Montana came to town and put on a show at Mill school.People like Jhon and Jonie Mosbie,Jonny Cash, Hank Willams you name them they all performed at Okies. The old hobos that hiched the train up to the river behind our house. Good days not forgotton.Thanks

Aug 30, 2015
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old days foster park
by: annette brooks greenwald

My great uncle louis apple had antique store and hamburger joint. Right there at foster park on the right going up to ojai, in 1955 the year i was born. If you want to talk to me i work at its all about me salon and day spa oakview.

Oct 15, 2015
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foster park
by: Anonymous

we had a barbecue. we did not know it but the meat was stolen from that café that wAS ACROSSED THE STREET FROM THE MARKET

Oct 19, 2015
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friends from foster park
by: Anonymous

my best friend lived right on the other side of the road from the entrance very near to the end of 33 in the early 70s another very good old friend borne and raised in foster park..wont say his nane but it has R S

Nov 06, 2015
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Memories
by: Jeannine (Shaw) Shook

I was born in Ventura in 1950. Lived in Oak View til 7th grade at DeAnza Jr High. Does anyone remember the liquor storemon the cornerof Main and Ventura Ave? My Great Grandfather Shaw owned it.






Nov 14, 2015
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Swimming holes
by: Gary

And I There were two swimming holes in foster park area one to the west and one to the east of the bridge. The one to the east had a big rock named camel rock. Split my head open two different times diving off the rock. This was in the late 30,s
My cousin Jim and I have many memories and we both were raised in the area. Creek road and casitas springs area. You are collecting more info visit Jim & Robs Ojai ask for Rob tell him Gary sent you.

Feb 15, 2016
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corner market and jess gas station
by: ALLEN REED

My granddaughter's do not believe we could get nickel candy bars at the corner market and coolaid filled wax 2 cents small and the rocket ship 5cents I grew up a half mile past the lion piller's. jess would fix flats on my bike for free. m mom and dad still live in house the bought 1960. it was a great place to grow up.

Feb 15, 2016
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great place to grow up.
by: ALLEN REED

I was raised a half mile up the road from the vintura river bridge my granddaughter's can't believe we could get nickel candy bars at the market kool-aid filled wax 2 cents for the small and 5 cents for the rocket filled. and jess gas station he fixed by bike tire more tHan once. and yes the swimming holes like big rock my folks got there house in 1960 and are still there.

May 26, 2016
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Foster Park & Casitas Springs
by: Jeff Metz

I moved up there in 1978 to spend the summer with my sister in Casitas Springs. All of the friends I made would always hike down the river to the park, where we swam in the river. There used to be a concrete barrier with a sluice gate and a swimming hole behind it. We played football in the park, crossed the river and scaled the hill to get to the old amphitheater (which now has a no trespassing sign posted out front) and all sit around on summer afternoons.

Many times up the river where we walked every morning close to the bridge that led to OakView we saw deers wandering around. South of Foster Park by the old refinery we even saw a mountain lion walking down by the water. There used to be a hill called "Hogsback" we would climb behind that had a creek running that led to the top of Sulphur mountain. Of course you had to sneak across some property to get there, but kids will be kids.

To this day, I still love it there. I live in Los Angeles these days, but at least once every few months I go back, drive around, do some hiking and just take it all in. To this day the smell of oranges brings back the memories I made there, of times shared, love found, and friends lost. You can't go up to the dam anymore, and now you have to pay to go to the park, but there will still be no place that I felt more happy and more at home.

Sep 01, 2016
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Camping at Foster Residence Park
by: Anonymous

I've been sitting here in Foster Park for about 10 days now with my camper in a spot and my son and his gf with me. Its beautiful in here. I'm learning alot about its history and the sad story that happened. I have seen old pictures of the town somewhere in the past. I just cant remember where. The rv sites are all updated and theres about 8 dry spots. Its quiet here. Wish I coulda grew up in an area like this. I can only imagine how nice it was. Thx for the stories.

Apr 27, 2017
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My memories of Foster Park
by: Anonymous

I went to 2nd. grade at Mills elem. school in 1954. There was a swimming pool and we got swimming lessons. There was a Rodgers family that lived there. Their son Jimmy had a wagon with a motor hook on it and we would ride on the railroad track. After we moved to Ventura our family would go back for weekend camping trips. Lots of cool memories.

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