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Built as a mostest home of Emigdio Ortega and his family in 1857 for over forty years. These modest homes once lined the streets, but this one endured time. The Ortega family is famed for being the one of pioneer families and for discovering the San Francisco Bay. Also receiving one of the first Spanish land grants. Although, not a rich man by far this simple Vaquero built a simple 20 x 40 foot adobe home. Enduring a flood which did destroy one room, he added two others. Ortegas raised eight of thirteen children until he died in 1896. His son Emilio used the home to start a business "Pioneer Ortega Chili". Not soon it was sold to various owners which was used as a home, restaurant, police headquarters, the Ventura boys club and even a speakeasy. In 1921 the City of Ventura bought the property and it remains as a reminder of our past.
Open 9am - 4pm.
You can view the inside from the doorway of the building. They don't allow you to go inside except for the small entrances that are barred off to protect the property. They are two door ways on the right side and one in the very back.
Admission is free
Updated Sep 4, 2004
Address: 215 W. Main Street
This is pretty neat how they did this. It is just a little room behind glass so you have to view the exhibit that way, but this way it is open all the time. They do have some wonderful historical firefighting artifacts and some wonderful photo's too. It is right by the huge beautiful fountain across from a wonderful mural that was being painted when we were visiting.
Updated Sep 4, 2004
Address: Figueroa Street Plaza, Ventura, Ca
This 1,700-foot pier was built in 1872 making it one of California's oldest wooden piers. It underwent an extensive $3.2 million renovation in 1993 to restore it to it's former glory, but not without adding some wonderful features. It now has these wonderful display panels that educate those about currents, tides, local fish, local history, and much more. It has a bait shop, snack bar, benches, restrooms, gift shop and a wonderful seafood restaurant.
Updated Aug 30, 2004
Address: 668 E. Harbor Blvd.
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