Oak Park

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Arcadia Publishing, 2012 - History - 127 pages
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Ventura County's largest unincorporated community was born in the mid-1960s on pastoral ranchland previously owned by the radio comedy team of Fibber McGee and Molly in the 1950s and by William Randolph Hearst from the mid-1920s through the 1930s. Originally a Native American site, Oak Park was designed by its builder as a "community in the country" capturing "the scenic grandeur of early California, west of the San Fernando Valley." Today, it is still widely known for its award-winning schools, beautiful parks, creekside bike paths and nature trails, and a diverse, well-educated population. Many of its nearly 15,000 residents commute to and from Los Angeles. These historic images demonstrate why Oak Park has become one of the most desirable places to live in Southern California.

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A thorough and well-researched book about one of the most desirable areas in Southern California, let alone Ventura County.
HIGHLY recommended for those interested in the area, or residents/potential residents.


Dwellers Settlers and Builders
The Road to Oak Park
Early Development
The Birth of a District
Parks Recreation and Trails
Celebrations and Institutions
Movies Filmed in Oak Park and Environs

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Harvey Kern and David E. Ross are Oak Park pioneers, having lived in the community for over 40 and 38 years respectively, raising their children in neighborhood schools and participating in many civic events and organizations. Derek Ross, chair of the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council and editor of OakParkNow.com, is raising his family in this community. Harry Medved, the coauthor of Arcadia's Location Filming in Los Angeles, has led public relations for the Screen Actors Guild, Warner Bros. Online, and Fandango. He moved his family to Oak Park for its natural beauty.

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