West Ventura

by Greg Sjostrom
(Ventura, Ca. USA)

As a child in the 1960's I remember the area roughly of Ventura ave. between Stanly & Shell Rd., well had a name different than "West Ventura", after being gone for 40 years and now back I can't remember the name, just that there was one.

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Sep 10, 2013
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RE: West Ventura names
by: Tim

On local maps I've looked at in the recent past, names were provided. There were two: one of them for the area you describe and another for the housing tract area off Norway just to the north.

I'm pretty sure one of those names is Ortonville. I'm sure the other will come to me.

Sep 10, 2013
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Another name
by: Tim

I just came across a thread here where someone suggested the area of Ventura Ave. between Dakota St. and Foster Park was referred to as Sleepy Hollow.

Sep 11, 2013
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sleepy hollow
by: Anonymous

ventura ave was called sleepy hollow. i have a copy of an old map of it. from Gosnell Bend ( Which is dakota) the reason it is called Gosnell Bend is the Gosnells lived there

Sep 11, 2013
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ortonville
by: Anonymous

ortonville is also correct

Sep 11, 2013
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Names
by: Tim

The other name I couldn't come up with yesterday was Chrisman.

Nov 19, 2014
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Ventura Ave Location
by: Rellis Smith

The actual area that is referred to as Ventura Ave, lies between Thompson Blvd and Stanley Blvd.

Nov 19, 2014
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Close
by: Tim

Not exactly. Between Thompson as Main is Ventura Ave. North Ventura Ave. starts at Main and then becomes Ventura Ave. again further up, then North Ventura Ave. yet again.

Weird system. It drives emergency services nuts when 911 calls are placed and most people don't if they're one of the other.

Nov 19, 2014
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Ventura Ave
by: Rellis Smith

If you go onto the city web site and check out the Ventura map, you will see S.Ventura Ave starts at Thompson Blvd and goes until Ramona Ave. It then is called N. Ventura Ave and proceeds towards Ojai the last area designated N. Ventura Ave ends at approx. Santa Ana Rd.

I do believe all fire and police personnel know which area is South and which area is North.

Nov 19, 2014
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No disrespect intended..
by: Anonymous

Apparently the city web site does not agree with the city/county street signs. There is no SOUTH Ventura Ave. It is as I stated. I live on North Ventura Ave. in Ventura, just a couple blocks north of Main St. Having also lived in Oak View nearly all my life, I can also attest that the entire stretch through town is Ventura Ave., not North.

And, just for the record, I attended a Hwy. 33 safety committee meeting and was told directly by the Captain of the County Fire Dept. station in Oak View that, because addresses duplicate in Ventura Ave. and North Ventura Ave., there is indeed a lot of confusion when 911 callers report anything on any stretch of that road. He stated clearly that it's the street signs themselves that are accurate.

Nov 23, 2014
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old burried sub
by: Bob

As a kid in the early 70's I lived on bath Ln. for a few years then on dover.
My friends and I were in a not yet developed field (cant remember exact loc.) But we found a small old war submarine buried in the field. When we reported it to adults the field was closed off and it was removed. I have tried over the years to dig up info. about it to no avail. just wondered if anyone else has? I sure do miss the old times when life was laid back.

May 11, 2016
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The Avenue
by: Russell

As a child and before the Ojai Freeway was finiahed and open for traffic the Avenue was simply called the Avenue. You simply said I live on the Avenue and then you would say what Street.

Example: I live on the Avenue on Berry St. I live on the Avenue on Ramona St.

I had several relatives, friends and school mates who lived on the Avenue during the 50's and 60's.

May 25, 2016
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The Avenue
by: Tim

We still do that. At least us natives do. Confuses the heck out of those who haven't lived here long enough to pick up on those matters. I've noticed a lot of this has begun to fade away. Less people every year know what The Avenue is, what The "Y" is, or even about Char Man. The local lore is dying out.

May 25, 2016
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Beautiful Avenue
by: Rellis Smith

I have thought for years that the Ventura Avenue area mainly because there are already a plethora of Mexican American business there how about if we were to convert it to a copy of Olvera Street in Los Angeles.

The street could be eventually old style tile road and the sidewalks could be done in the same tile method. All of the shops would be redone to emphasise the Mexican heritage.

This would I am sure attract visitors from all over the state.

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