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Young Eagles hangar at Santa Paula Airport
N9YZ- Young Eagles flight landing at Santa Paula
Eight year old CoPilot at the controls.
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Mural-Family Farms of Santa Paula
Santa Paula is billed as the Citrus Capital of the World, and a series of large municipal murals hand-painted by local artists adorns outside walls of buildings in and near the compact downtown. All are suitable for a pleasant day walking tour showing history and culture of the area.
The Family Farms of Santa Paula mural honors the rich agricultural heritage of Santa Paula's pioneering farm families with a series of vividly colored vignettes of farm life. It is located on an east facing wall of the Bank of America building just off Main Street near 7th Street at 715 E. Main Street. Without a wide angle lens which would distort the mural, I elected to take a series of photos to picture each panel. Please be sure to view them all. Each mural has a bronze plaque of dedication with more information. This mural was completed in 2002.
Free maps for a walking tour of the nine murals are available at the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce located at the historic railroad depot at 10th Street and Santa Barbara Avenue or online at the website listed below. The Chamber's phone number is also listed for more information.
Mural-Transport in Time and Place
This outdoor mural is the largest mural of the series, extremely wide illustrating historic transportation modes consistent with Santa Paula's beginnings. It emphasizes the historic importance of the railroad to Santa Paula's beginnings. It is south facing at 815 Santa Barbara Street near the historic Santa Paula Train Depot. The depot is the western terminus of the Fillmore-Western railway, a tourist train that runs between Fillmore and Santa Paula. The depot also houses the Santa Paula Art Society with many of its works on display.
I took a series of photographs to try to encompass all of the mural. Rail, road and earliest air transportation are quaintly illustrated in this vividly colored and accessible mural across the avenue from the historic huge spreading Moreton Bay Fig Tree, a famous icon of Santa Paula. A towering branch of this huge tree can be seen in the lead and subsequent photos.
A bronze dedication plaque is adjacent the left side of the mural. Please look at all the photos to see this impressive work of art. This mural was completed in 2001.
Mural-The Chumash Indians
The heritage of the Chumash Indians native to Ventura County who dwelled in the area now known as Santa Paula and its surrounding environs ages ago is celebrated in a mural on the west-facing wall of the Santa Paula Public Library at 119 No. Eighth Street.
This mural of the series was most difficult for me to photograph well because it is appropriately finished in muted earth tones typical of the vegetable and mineral pigments available to the Chumash from nature. Cave paintings by the Chumash Indians are still to be found that used these same natural pigments in the general area ranging to above the city of Santa Barbara farther west. Also, this artistic celebration of the Chumash Indian culture is behind trees with dense foliage. I apologize my photos simply do not do the mural justice.
Fortunately, closeup viewing is available and benches in front of the mural invite closer contemplation and appreciation of this work of art. The Chumash Indians used a natural crude oil seep along what is now Highway 150 northwest of Santa Paula to caulk and waterproof the seams of their crude boats called tomols. They used these craft to paddle to the offshore Channel Islands, also establishing island cultural groups dependent upon a fish and mollusk diet there. The art and culture of the native Chumash is well portrayed in this mural, so please get a closer look from the benches provided.
This mural was completed in the year 2000. Please see the website for a far better rendition of this mural, and more information.
Mural-Citrus Capital of the World
Walking west along Main Street toward the historic clock tower that is the centerpiece of the city at Davis Street also brings you to the next mural opposite the tower. This colorful mural east-facing celebrates historic Santa Paula as the Citrus Capital of the World. The mural commemorates the period from 1880 to 1945, when Santa Paula laid its claim. Scenes show orchards, fruit pickers and packing house workers.
The huge Limoneira Ranch growing lemons and oranges still employs many in the Santa Paula area and their modern climate-controlled packing houses today are massive. Many of the old wooden packing houses were backdrops for Hollywood film making in the past, and the hulks of some still exist in the area..
Please enlarge all photos to appreciate the art of the mural, which shows much of the culture of Santa Paula's citrus agriculture in her year-around growing climate producing five to six picks of lemons from each tree annually. The packing house citrus crate labels are works of art also, and are historic artifacts as well as valued collector's items. This cultural mural is at the corner of Main on Davis Street.
The mural was completed in 1999. A bronze dedication plaque should be read for your appreciation of these murals, which cost over $20,000 each.
Mural-Main Street Santa Paula, circa 1910
The town's very first and oldest mural celebrating Main Street circa 1910 of Santa Paula is also one of the most spectacular. This mural's vivid artistic perspective is so realistic that it almost invites the viewer to step right into the unpaved scene. The mural is located on Mill Street at Main Street on the southeast corner of the intersection, facing west and getting full benefit of mid-afternoon sunlight. The mural harkens back to a simpler life in an earlier era. This mural is the Signature Mural of the city of Santa Paula, and is beautifully rendered, and in superb condition. Contemplate its serene family life scenes from just across the street to get its full effect.
The mural project was initiated in 1997 by a concerned group of civic-minded citizens to revitalize historic downtown Santa Paula, and celebrate its heritage with incredibly detailed and colorful murals which are true works of art. The murals have made the residents proud to be from and live in the town, and attract many tourists.
This first mural was completed in 1998. A bronze dedication plaque to the left of the mural is not to be missed. Please enlarge all photos to get the full effect.
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