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~"Ahwaia"~means moon!

Once the home of the Chumash Indians who called this area, "ahwaia" meaning moon, it was part of the huge Mexican Rancho's in 1830's belonging to Fernando Tico. By 1864 settlers were streaming in looking for gold and a new place to call home. In 1874, real estate mogul R. G. Surdam called this area Nordhoff in honor of writer Charles Nordhoff. Sadely after WW1, this name was not being taken too due to anti-German names. So in 1917 the town was renamed to Ojai. When Libbey Glass owner Edward Libbey moved here, he was taken by its beautiful. He financed and redesigned the town since it just experienced a fire that destroyed most of the buildings to incorporate the Spanish style. Robert Winfield built the beautiful Arcade that frames the main street with wonderful shops. The city was incorporated in 1921.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lovely surroundings~
  • Cons:Traffic is bad and everyone is in a hurry!
  • In a nutshell:Beautiful landscape surrounds you here~
  • Last visit to Ojai: Jan 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    That museum sounds very interesting - I love old photos and Native American crafts. And that poppy fountain is lovely! Restaurant looks good too :-)

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Dec 25, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Now, this place looks great! Lots of variety, and the restaurant looks terrific. The photos were especially dynamic.

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    What an attractive place. Worth a visit for Suzannes and the Library. I love it when my sister takes me to the libraries in California.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Hello, Dee!~ Thanks for your interesting page about this very special place in California!~


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