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History of Ojai Valley

The Ojai Valley: An Illustrated History
by Patricia Fry. 2nd edition (completely revised). Matilija Press, 1999 (0-9612642-4-1) 358 pages. Extensive index.

The Ojai Valley: An Illustrated History is the result of six years of intense research and an additional fifteen years of history collecting. Within these pages are thousands of little-known facts about every aspect of the Ojai Valley, California, illustrated by over 150 photographs.

This book begins with the geology of the valley and tells about the earliest arts here. The author captures all of Ojai's firsts: the first development attempt, the first store, the first jail, the first train to Ojai and so forth. And she profiles numerous early settlers and their contributions to this community. She explores the original governing bodies here, the first clubs, the origin of culture in this valley, the development of Ojai industry, water issues and so forth. The last five chapters are dedicated to the many visitors to Ojai as they tell about the town today.

The Ojai Valley: An Illustrated History

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