Located in the southern part of California and the seat of Ventura County, the city was formerly known as San Buenaventura. The town is on the Pacific Coast that overlooks the Santa Barbara Channel. Ventura was initially being developed to become an agricultural center, primarily on lemon-growing. Eventually, the agriculture sector shifted to petroleum production, tourism, and eventually diversified the manufacturing industry. Schools and institutions were established. The Albinger Archaeological Museum, which is located near the San Buenaventura Mission, displays the American Indian artifacts that were excavated in the surrounding region and dates from 1600 BC. At present, there are several beaches nearby the city that are being visited and are starting to attract visitors.
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