Here are the rest of the pictures from my walk around Santa Paula.
The first picture was taken at one of the newest statues. It was built for the farm workers.
Next is a few from another big mural of how Santa Paula look many years ago.
"Transport in Time & Place: Trains, Planes & Automobiles, 1890s-1940s
This mural centers around the historic Southern Pacific Depot, built in 1887, illustrating the many activities relating to the use of the railroad. The artist depicts, left to right, a 1937 Hudson Coupe, a 1934 Dodge Panel truck, then a 1937 Greyhound Super Coach and next you see a 1931 Indian motorcycle. Pulling out onto 10th Street is a 1935 Chevrolet stake bed truck with the Union Ice Company in the background. The steam engine is c.1890. The panel on the left, shows U.S. President Benjamin Harrison passing through Santa Paula, 1891, and lemons from Limoneira Ranch being loaded on boxcars. The panel on the right shows Korean War soldiers leaving for service in 1950 and a walnut packing house c.1946."
Next we found a small mural of the Department of Agriculture. It was really nice.
We then went to the library where we found another really big mural. It is of the Chumash Indians.
"Our First Inhabitants: The Chumash Indians
The artist, Ann Thiermann, researched this mural by hiking to the historic site of the Chumash village, Sisa, in the foothills above Santa Paula and listening to local Chumash culture bearers. The artist created a dialogue between a grandmother of today (shown on left) and her granddaughter sharing the story of the life of the Chumash, from their experience during the Mission period back thousands of years to life in the village of Sisa along the Santa Paula Creek. The artist says, "I painted the stucco wall in earth browns, and all the earth elements then painted themselves; first rocks, then sycamores, oaks, the creek and Fall grasses. The figures emerge from these earth elements and reflect the harmony and integration with nature that the Chumash lived out." When the library is open, you may borrow a detailed description of life in this Chumash village."
Inside the library there was more to see. Another statue and some small house. A very nice doll collection.
As we continued our walk we found a clock tower. It is called Oddfellows Clocktower and it was installed in 1905. It is a Ventura County Historical Landmark.
The last mural of the day was Santa Paula Citrus Capital of the World
"This mural highlighted a 60-year span (1880-1940) of the citrus industry in Santa Paula. The first scene, 1900, shows Japanese, Anglo and Hispanic field workers harvesting lemons. The second shows Nathan Blanchard, founder of Santa Paula and his packinghouse. The third pays tribute to all Latino pickers who have harvested citrus over the years. The fourth, 1940s, shows the significant role of women in packinghouses, including women whose families fled the terrible dustbowl conditions sweeping through the mid-west in the late 1930s."
I enjoyed my walk with my host and TV friends. I hope you liked the pictures we took.