Thousand Oaks California
About Thousand Oaks
Located in Ventura County, Thousand Oaks California commonly referred to as T.O. by residents is the most populated area of the Conejo Valley region. The city received its name from the many oak trees that can be found in the area and the city seal is adorned with an oak tree. The city was incorporated on October 7, 1964 and was the first incorporated city in the Conejo Valley. According to the 2010 census the population of the city was 126, 683.
Thousand Oaks is known for being one of the safest cities in the nation. Year after year the city ranks as the first or second safest largest city with a population of 100,000-499,999 in the US, with its competition being the nearby city of Simi Valley.
Thousand Oaks has very warm, dry and sunny summers and cool, rainy winters. The area can experience slightly cooler temperatures than other surrounding cities because it receives cooler air from the ocean through the many surrounding hills and mountain passes.
The city is best known as the birthplace of one of Southern California's first theme parks; Jungleland USA. Louis Goebel created the park in 1926 as an animal training center for Hollywood productions. It later became a theme park, opening to the public in 1929. In the 1940s and 1950s, thousands of people were entertained by wild animal shows. Louis Goebel created the park in 1926 as an animal training center for Hollywood productions. Jungleland closed its doors in October 1969 partly because of the competition from other amusement parks, like Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and Universal Studios Hollywood. Today the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center stands on the site of the old park.
There is numerous points of interest for visitors of the city to explore and residents to visit. The Conejo Valley Botanical Gardens can be found in the city as well as Dawn's Peak, known to the locals as Tarantula Hill; the highest point in the Conejo Valley, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area Visitor Center and Wildwood Regional Park/ Fort Wildwood all of which are open to the public and nature buffs alike. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, American Radio Archive, The Oaks Shopping Center, Stagecoach Inn are just a few other places you can visit. For a complete list of businesses in the city you can refer to the local business directory or the local yellow pages.
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