Lompoc is located in the southwestern part of the state of California and a city in Santa Barbara County. It sits in the coastal Lompoc Valley along the Santa Ynez River which is situated in the northwestern part of the city of Los Angeles. The area was originally inhabited by the Native American Chumash Indians and is a part of the Spanish land grant that was built in 1787. It was originally founded and developed as a farming community and was then purchased and subdivided. Lompoc means Little Lake or Lagoon in Chumash Indian and has become a well-diversified economy that was primarily based on agriculture, oil production, mining, processing of diatomite, and of the flower-seed market of the valley. The Vandenberg Air Force Base occupies a vast complex that includes the California Spaceport, which has been offering orbital launches and the payload processes for businesses and the government.
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