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Thomas R. Bard residence, Port Hueneme
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Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Port Hueneme is a small beach city in Ventura County, surrounded by the city of Oxnard and the Pacific Ocean. It is believed that the Chumas Indians were the primary inhabitants of this region, which was later discovered by Cabrillo in 1542. Hueneme is a Chumas word ("wene me"), meaning "half-way" or "resting place". On 1876, Thomas Bard constructed a wharf to serve as a port for shipping of foodstuffs and goods grown and produced in this rich agricultural area known as the Gold Coast. By the early 1920s, lemons outstripped lima beans and sugar beets as the number one crop. In 1922, two giant Sunkist lemon-packing plants were built and Sunkist became one of the port village's largest employers. The name was officially changed to Port Hueneme in 1939, and the city was incorporated on March 24, 1948. Port Hueneme is the only deep-water harbor between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area, and is the U.S. Port of Entry for California's central coast region. The United States Navy maintains a facility at Port Hueneme, which is the West Coast home of the Construction Battalion famously known as the "Seabees". "The Friendly City By The Sea", as it is known, has a current population of 22,202.
Photograph shows a partial view of "Berylwood", Thomas R. Bard's house. It is a two-story Mediterranean style residence with numerous windows throughout; 4 columns hold up the ivy-covered eave. The house was eventually sold to the U.S. Navy and refurnished as the Officer's Club. Thomas Robert Bard (1841-1915), the "Father of Port Hueneme", was a political leader in California who assisted in the organization of Ventura County. Bard was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Ventura County in 1864. He served as a member of the board of supervisors of Santa Barbara County from 1868-1873; was appointed as a commissioner to organize Ventura County in 1871; was director of the State board of agriculture from 1886-1887; and was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate, serving from 1900-1905. Thomas Bard died at his home, "Berylwood" in Port Hueneme on March 5, 1915 and was interred in the family cemetery on his estate.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
S-007-665 4x5; Port Hueneme-Residences-Bard, Thomas R.
Bard, Thomas Robert,--1841-1915--Homes and haunts
Architecture, Domestic--California--Port Hueneme--Mediterranean influences
Dwellings--California--Port Hueneme
Port Hueneme (Calif.)

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