Name of city

by Gary Haden
(Ventura)

Why isn't the city called.San Boanventure?

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Mar 23, 2017
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Why "Ventura"?
by: Anonymous

Here's the short answer.
Local historians say Ventura was literally railroaded into the name change in 1887 by Southern Pacific Railroad Co., which was beginning to lay down tracks in town.

Train schedules bore the name San Buenaventura, then S.B. Ventura and then finally Ventura after railroad officials decided the name was too long to fit onto passenger tickets.

In another commonly told tale, the U.S. Postal Service began using the name Ventura in 1889, thus sealing the formal name's fate.

By the 1960s, even though San Buenaventura remained the official name, city officials were using the shorter Ventura on city stationery and official documents.

In 1968, the City Council decided to abandon the shortened version for the grander San Buenaventura on city stationery.

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