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Port Hueneme street scene
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1890
Contributing Institution
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.
Street scene in Hueneme during grain hauling season, circa the late 1890s. Horse drawn wagons filled with grain bags travel in a single-file down one of Hueneme's main roads. Several wood-framed establishments are visible on either side of the wide dirt road.
1 photographic print :b&w ;18 x 25 cm. on sheet 21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Port Hueneme-Streets.
Wooden-frame buildings--California--Port Hueneme
Grain--Transportation--California--Port Hueneme
Horse-drawn vehicles--California--Port Hueneme
Streets--California--Port Hueneme
Port Hueneme (Calif.)

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