Overview of Moorpark
Moorpark, located within scenic Ventura County, Calif., lies within a valley created by the Arroyo Simi River. Surrounded by gorgeous scenery, the town is an excellent place for nature lovers to make their home. Looking for Moorpark apartments for rent should be a breeze - residents can find unique living spaces surrounded by palm trees and sparkling waters that are not only affordable but are spacious and comfortable as well. Residents have the opportunity to live a relaxed, Southern California lifestyle, while being conveniently close to a number of wonderful neighborhoods, schools and parks within Ventura County, including the metropolitan area.
Living in Moorpark, CA
Robert Poindexter, the secretary of Simi Land Company, received the land that would become Moorpark in 1887, and the town was officially founded in 1900. Moorpark became one of the hot spots during the railroad boom after the Southern Pacific Railroad established a hub there. The community has a large number of Moorpark apricot trees growing throughout the valley, which is how Poindexter came up with the name. The city was active in nuclear power and was the first town in the United States to utilize power generated by the Sodium Reactor Experiment. The reactor operated from 1957 to 1965 and produced 7.5 megawatts of electrical power from one of the local generating systems. Since then, Moorpark has continued to be one of the largest communities within the city.
Moorpark Attractions and Special Events
Moorpark is home to a number of parks, museums and spaces perfect for large or small groups or individuals to gather. One of the most well-known spots within the community is Old Town Moorpark, which contains some of the community's most unique eateries and shops. The streets in the historical section are lined with pepper trees planted by Poindexter while he was plotting and mapping the town. There is a large art facility, the High Street Arts Center, which was established and operated by the city of Moorpark.
Each year, the city is the host of its annual Apricot Festival to celebrate the fact that the city has a bounty of the fruit trees. Nature enthusiasts will find comfort knowing they will be close to some of the region's best hiking and nature areas, such as the Angeles National Forest, Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Channel Islands National Park and the Los Padres National Forest. For families looking to take a trip to Disneyland, the world-famous park is only a 75-mile drive away.
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