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Somis is an unincorporated area of Ventura County, California that was established in 1892 by Thomas Bard and D.T. Perkins on a portion of the Mexican land grant, Rancho Las Posas. The name of this townsite on the south bank of Fox Barranca, just west of Arroyo Las Posas, may have been derived from “water of the scrub oak,” a Chumash placename referring to the presence of water. Like many of the farms on the Oxnard Plain, the crops of corn, wheat and barley grown here were shipped through the wharf that had been constructed in Hueneme in 1871. The townsite only expanded slightly after World War II but the town school provides a sense of community for a larger rural, agricultural area that lies within the school district boundary. Several structures have been designated County of Ventura Landmarks.
Shown as Central Avenue on the original map filed by Bard, Somis Road (State Route 34) runs in a north-south direction through the middle of the townsite. The parallel roads on either side are named West Street and East Street. Three streets are oriented in a east-west direction. The most northerly, named North Street, was extended northwesterly with maps filed in 1948 and 1953 that subdivided additional town lots. There have been no further subdivisions in this agricultural community.
Somis Road is the main thoroughfare being lined with a few shops and other businesses. A little over 1 mile (1.6 km) south of town is the northern boundary of the City of Camarillo which is also generally the southerly boundary of Rancho Las Posas. As a continuation of Lewis Road in Camarillo, Somis Road intersects State Route 118 (Los Angeles Avenue) just north of town after crossing Fox Barranca.
As of 2000, the total population was 2,946[dead link] It is primarily an agricultural area, but is home to a fire station, a hardware store, a market known as the Somis Market which is also a Mexican cafe, a post office, an elementary school, several shops including the Somis Nut House, a small animal hospital Somis Veterinary Hospital, one main residential tract and numerous estates and ranches. It has no formal local government, but it is serviced by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department and the Ventura County Fire Department.
The Somis ZIP Code, 93066, includes a large area of surrounding agricultural lands bounded on the south by the edge of housing tracts in Camarillo and on the north by the ridge line of South Mountain, 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Los Angeles Ave. The Zip code encompasses an area some 11 miles (18 km) in width in the east-west direction.
- McCLELLAN, DOUG (October 11, 1992). "Centennial of Somis Is Small Affair : Communities: A walking tour and back-yard party mark today's celebration. The 400 residents call their town an oasis.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
- Applegate, Richard B. (1974). "Chumash Placenames" Journal of California Anthropology. The, 1(2). Retrieved October 22, 2013.
- Cultural Heritage Board. "Ventura County Landmark Map" County of Ventura Planning Division Accessed 2 November 2013
- "Map of the Town of Somis in Rancho Los Posas." 3 MR 33. Ventura County Recorder Retrieved October 22, 2013 from CountyView GIS.
- "BARD-HOLBERT SUBDIVISION NO. 1." 15 MR 67. Ventura County Recorder Retrieved November 2, 2013 from CountyView GIS.
- "BARD-HOLBERT SUBDIVISION NO. 2." 21 MR 74. Ventura County Recorder Retrieved November 2, 2013 from CountyView GIS.
- "CA zipcode 93066". DownloadZipcode.com.