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Ojai Valley Museum exhibits our surprising ties to cowboy culture

By Misty Hall

I grew up not really knowing most street names in Ojai. You either went through town, or “the back way.” I couldn’t have told you the streets in the Arbolada, but before I was 10, I knew that if you hung a left at that little triangle junction and then a right by the cemetery, you could shave three whole minutes off your trip to Meiners Oaks. Once I finally started noticing street names (probably around the time I got my license), I began to wonder who they were named after. Some of them I knew — like Libbey, and Thacher. But what about Tico, and Arnaz, and Santa Ana?

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Coast Transfer and Storage

By Misty Hall

Like so many others did after World War II, Ojai’s Noreen and Bud Bower had a bunch of kids and started a family business. Ojai Van Lines began with one truck, based in their home, in 1946. Back then, Bud transported groceries from Los Angeles to Ojai, to places like Bayless Market (now Westridge Midtown). On Sundays, he’d bring Bill Baker’s famous bread down to the train station in Ventura.

One day, Bud got an odd request from a neighbor: could he use his truck to help them move to Arizona? “I guess whatever the price was, he made enough money that he changed businesses!” laughs his daughter, Diane Clegg. And thus, Ojai Van Lines became a moving company.

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Tree Top Views

The kitchen opens to the living room with cathedral ceilings, extending out to a 350-foot wrap around deck with views of the tree tops and the Topa Topa mountains from sunrise to sunset. This 4 bedroom, 2 bath has green views from every window, and the private driveway can fit up to 6 cars; plus a two car garage with extra storage, and a chair lift going from the garage to the house for single level needs.

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A darker shade of blue

By Misty Hall

If you’ve driven through town recently, you might have noticed something different at the corner of Country Club Drive and East Ojai Avenue. The Coldwell Banker sign — a fixture there for the last quarter-century — has been replaced with new sign, reading LIV Sotheby’s International Realty.

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Around the Valley

Photos by Logan Hall

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