Located on the central coast in Santa Barbara County, Calif., Lompoc is a community rich with diversity and culture. This small community has been a haven for its residents and travelers to enjoy the beautiful landscape that Lompoc has to offer. The nature-focused community has plenty of Lompoc apartments for rent that are located within some of the most gorgeous sections of the quaint city. Residents have the option of renting along one-of-a-kind spots such as a quiet countryside covered in wildflowers, along the Pacific Ocean's coast or in a typical residential neighborhood.
Prior to it becoming incorporated in 1888, the city was inhabited by the Chumash people, a native group with deep roots within the Santa Barbara Channel. The city's name is derived from the Chumash language. The city was originally a temperance colony. However, over the years the no-booze restrictions were eventually nullified. During the World War II era, units practiced maneuvers along the west coast of Lompoc at Camp Cooke, a U.S. Army training camp. In the following years, civilian and contractor workers employed by the Army flocked to Lompoc to acquire housing. Camp Cooke eventually became the Vandenberg Air Force Base, which is known for being the first missile base of the United States Air Force. During the 1980s, restaurateurs and hoteliers opened a large number of establishments to cater to the number of tourists visiting Lompoc to watch shuttle launches.
Known for being the flower seed capital of the world, the city contains beautiful flower fields, as well as a number of wineries and unique eating spots. Also dubbed "The City of Arts and Flowers," Lompoc hosts its annual Spring Arts and Flower Festival, which brings the community members together in celebration of the town's rich history. Like most local fairs, the festival is family friendly with food booths, carnival rides and local band performances. The town has also gained some attention since it was the main focus of the 2004 comedy-drama film Sideways. The streets of Lompoc are dressed with lovely murals that began to pop up in 1988 after residents Gene and Judy Stevens developed the Lompoc Mural Society with the hope of using the artwork as a modern way to rebuild the community's economy to attract tourism.
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