Welcome to Santa Paula
Now calling itself ‘the citrus capital of the world,’ the small town of Santa Paula once found its treasure in black gold. If you’ve seen the movie There Will Be Blood, loosely based on the Upton Sinclair novel Oil!, then you already know that SoCal’s early oil boom was a bloodthirsty business. Today the California Oil Museum tells the story of Santa Paula’s ‘black bonanza’, while a couple of other museums look at the history of local agriculture (more interesting than it sounds) and art. Afterward take a walk around the historic district, painted with interesting outdoor murals. Pick up a free self-guided walking-tour map inside the museum or one block north at the chamber of commerce.