Nestled on the Southern California Coast, Oxnard boasts a rich and unique diversity and culture. It is a melting pot of culture and exudes strong art and cultural scene. The city has something of everyone’s interests, from pristine beaches to historical heritage to outdoor activities and plenty of cultural attractions, exciting events and festivals and beautiful weather.
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History of Oxnard
The early inhabitants of the area, called as the “Oxnard Plain” were the Chumash Indians who were known for their fine basket work and plank canoes. Later, explorer Cabrillo came to the Oxnard area. In 1542, he reported to the Queen of Spain and told that the area is the “land of everlasting summer”. Several early Spanish settlers took the benefits of fertile soil. Later, many European immigrants settled in the area and farming became the principle industry. The primary crop was Lima Beans. Sugar beets were also grown in the area. Oxnard Brothers, who were in sugar beet business built a factory of beets. A town was established near the factory to meet the needs of the construction workers, farmers and their families. Several residences and business were built around the factory, called the “Plaza”.
In 1903, Oxnard was incorporated. The name of the city is taken from the Oxnard brothers, the founders of the sugar beet factory. The factory was closed in 1958 when sugar beets were supplanted by vegetables as the primary field crop. During the WWII, Oxnard witnessed significant growth with the foundation of military bases at point Mugu and Port Hueneme. Also, the growth of several manufacturing industries, electronic and aerospace contributed to the growth and development of Oxnard and the neighbouring areas. Today, Oxnard is the largest city in the Ventura County, California.
Important Locations in Oxnard
Oxnard is a beach town on the central coast of California. The city of Oxnard offers plenty of locations to explore from museums and art galleries to outdoor spots and beaches, and much more.
Mullin Automotive Museum
: Mullin Automotive Museum
features amazing collection of vintage vehicles with focus on French-inspired models of the 20s, 30s and 40s. It has an impressive collection on Delages, Bugattis, Voisins, and other vintage French cars.
California Welcome Center:
The City of Oxnard is home to California Welcome Center
that features information about the Ventura County. Get souvenirs like mugs, California shirts and other regional specialty items from the center.
Ventura County Wine Trail
: Ventura County Wine Trail
has about 11 artisan wineries. Take a tour of the wineries and sample the wines. There are several entertainment options, sailing, shopping and dining options along the trail.
Carnegie Art Museum: Carnegie Art Museum
features twentieth century California regional and contemporary art collections and exhibitions.
Marine Emporium Landing
: Marine Emporium Landing
offers waterfront entertainment and fun. Enjoy the water, indulge in water activities, stroll along the harbor side and feel the ocean breeze, go kayaking and scuba diving, and experience the sunset and sunrise.
Gull Wings Children's Museum
: Gull Wings Children’s Museum
features several multimedia presentations and hands-on exhibits on science, history, art and music for kids aged 2-12.
See the beautifully restored Victorian mansions and historic homes, fountains and stunning gardens at the Heritage Square
. Learn about the city’s Victorian era, check out the original homes and enjoy the wide variety of festivals and events held here.
Murphy Auto Museum
: Murphy Auto Museum
features vintage American vehicles from 1903 to the present day. Check out the classic vehicles on display.
Channel Islands Maritime Museum
: Delve into the maritime history and check out the vast collection of maritime artifacts, antique model ships and maritime theme fine art collections at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum
Woolworth Museum: Woolworth Museum pays homage to the original Woolworth Store. The museum features photos and items of the Woolworth’s store spread across the country.
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People and Culture of Oxnard
Oxnard is known for its spirit, friendly people and safe atmosphere. The city boasts cultural diversity and friendly community. Several live performances, events and activities are held throughout the year, bringing together people of all cultures. It is an affluent city with the median income above the national average.
Time Zone and Phone Codes of Oxnard
Oxnard follows the the Pacific Time Zone
UTC-GMT Offset: Oxnard is GMT/UTC - 8hours during Standard Time and GMT/UTC - 7hours during Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time Usage: Oxnard uses Daylight Saving Time
Time Zone Abbreviation: PST is abbreviated for Pacific Standard Time; PDT is abbreviated for Pacific Daylight Time
Area Code: 805
Best Time to Visit Oxnard
Spring (April through May) and Fall (September through November) are the best times to visit the City of Oxnard. Both the seasons offers comfortable weather, perfect for outdoor activities. Summer is the peak tourist season and perfect to soak up some sun and relax on sandy beaches.
Catch the following festivals and events while you’re in Oxnard-
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