The Oaks of Santa Paula

by Mitch Stone


The Oaks of Santa Paula, A History of Santa Paula Canyon and the Oaks Neighborhood offers a detailed look at the evolution of a distinctive part of of Santa Paula, as set within the historical development of lower Santa Paula Canyon and the city as a whole. The narrative begins with the pioneering settlements of the 1870s, and explores the key role the canyon played in the successful establishment of the town. It carries the story through to the transforming events of the 1920s, as the canyon began its conversion from an agricultural hinterland into the city’s prototypical suburb.

The book describes the area’s buildout in the postwar years to become the neighborhood we know today as the Oaks. Also included in the book are sections on the artists and architects associated with the Oaks, and a description of many of the neighborhood’s most important homes and individuals. The book features nearly 100 illustrations, including maps and photographs, many from family collections and never previously published.

The Oaks of Santa Paula is a limited first edition hardback of only 600 hand-numbered copies.

Publication on June 30, 2011.

ISBN 978-0-9836435-0-0

© 2011 Mitch Stone


About the Book

Ordering Information

The book may be ordered online or by mail, by following the Buy the Book link, below.

Book Signing Events

  1. July 10 at 1158 Woodland Drive (Home of Joe and Mary Alice Henderson), in conjunction with the Santa Paula Historical Society, 2-4 PM.

  2. July 23 at the Blanchard Community Library, 1-3 PM.

Sample Pages

  1. Chapter 1

  2. Chapter 2 (excerpt)

  3. Chapter 5 (excerpt)

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