Day Trip - 2nd Stop - Santa Paula
Dec 19, 2010
Apr 13, 2011
The station was preserved as an early example of prefabrication as it was built elsewhere and brought in on a rail car to be assembled. In the park across from the station are a couple of sculptures dedicated to people and events of the town. The memorial to those lost in the flood following the collapse of the St. Frances Dam was excellent and well located to catch your attention.
A few miles down the road we made another stop in Santa Paula - a town I visited in 1986 with an agricultural study tour group. We didn't go out to the processing plant (the site visited previously and a destination place in the town) but walked the main street, checking for the murals and looking for a restaurant. We ended up eating in a Mexican shop - with a waiter who could barely speak English. Had some great authentic Mexican food! We couldn't get over the number of bridal shops along the main street! This town is very much oriented to agriculture today but has it's roots in the discovery of oil by the early settlers - the Union Oil Company was founded here. A very sleepy rural community at this time of year but no doubt busier when crops are in season. Both Fillmore and Santa Paula were a step back in time and an introduction to have the Hispanic culture is an integral part of the fabric of California.