About Thousand Oaks

Thousand Oaks is a planned master community located in Ventura County, California named for its many oak trees. The city is located very near Los Angeles. It's 45 miles from downtown LA, lying to the northwest. The city is also located very near Santa Barbara, California. The city has received numerous awards for its low crime rate, lower pollution rates, and less traffic congestion. The city was incorporated on October 7, 1964, by Janss Investment Company. Janss Investment Company was started by Peter Janss, who was an Iowa medical doctor. Among other famous communities developed by Janss Investment Company is Yorba Linda. The company was also instrumental in determining the location of the University of California at Los Angeles. For information on businesses in the area, residents can consult the Thousand Oaks, CA business directory.Long before Thousand Oaks became a community, the area was inhabited by the Chumash people who called their community Sap'wi, meaning house of deer. The Chumash people were hunters and gatherers and made many baskets. Like most early inhabitants, the Chumash people used cave art to communicate and many of these drawings can be viewed at the local Chumash Indian Museum.

The first written history of the area is from 1542 when Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo explored the area for Spain. The land was used for grazing cattle for the next fifty years developing the large ranches that were popular in the area.The city experienced a 250% population growth from 1990 to 2000, and the 130,209 residents love the warmer, dry summer. August is the warmest month with an average temperature of 96 degrees. The coldest month is December with an average temperature of 38 degrees. The outstanding weather gave growth to many popular amusement parks. One of the earliest was Jungleland USA, which trained animals for the film industry. Jungleland was very popular in the 1940s and 1950s. Some evidence suggests that it gave birth to Disneyland, which is located an hour and a half away. Walt Disney is known to have visited Jungleland USA several times, especially for its lion banquet where guests were treated to a dinner of lion meat while a lion was allowed to roam free. Several popular films have been made in the area, including Birth of a Nation, Tarzan, and the Adventures of Robin Hood. Today, Universal Studio is located only 30 minutes away. To find out about movies that are now showing consult the Thousand Oaks, CA yellow pages.

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