Somis, California

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Unincorporated community
Fulkerson Hardware has a long history of serving this agricultural community[1][2]
Fulkerson Hardware has a long history of serving this agricultural community[1][2]
Somis is located in California
Location within the state of California
Coordinates: 34°15′26″N 118°59′43″W / 34.25722°N 118.99528°W / 34.25722; -118.99528Coordinates: 34°15′26″N 118°59′43″W / 34.25722°N 118.99528°W / 34.25722; -118.99528
Country United States
State California
County Ventura
Established 1892
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 93066
Area code(s) 805
GNIS feature IDs 1661469;[3] 1670906[4]

Somis is an unincorporated community 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.[5] The name of this townsite on the south bank of Fox Barranca,[6] just west of Arroyo Las Posas,[7] may have been derived from “water of the scrub oak,” a Chumash placename referring to the presence of water.[8] 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.[5] 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 Somis school district boundary. Several structures have been designated County of Ventura Landmarks.[9]

Shown as Central Avenue on the original map filed by Bard,[10] 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 an east-west direction. The most northerly, named North Street, was extended northwesterly with maps filed in 1948 and 1953 that subdivided additional town lots.[11][12] There have been no further subdivision of town lots in this agricultural community.

Somis Road, as the main thoroughfare, is lined with a few shops, businesses and a county fire station and intersects State Route 118 (Los Angeles Avenue) just north of town after crossing Fox Barranca. The railroad, which is parallel with Los Angeles Avenue between Somis and Moorpark, turns and becomes parallel with Somis Road at the south end of town where they located the railroad stop for shipping agricultural products. The tracks continue south to the Camarillo Station and the intersection with US 101. The original name of Somis Road has been changed though to Lewis Road a little over 1 mile (1.6 km) south of town at the northern boundary of the City of Camarillo which is also generally the southerly boundary of Rancho Las Posas.

As of 2000, the total population was 2,946[13] It is primarily an agricultural area, but is home to a hardware store, a market with a Mexican cafe, a post office, an elementary school, several shops, a small animal 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,[14] 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.


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F (22.0 °C). According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Somis has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[15]


  1. ^ Omestad, Thomas (August 31, 1986) "A Store of History in Somis : Hardware Stock Includes Common Nails, Common Sense" Los Angeles Times
  2. ^ Sampson, Talia (August 25, 2008) "Hardware store stays in the family: Landmark in Somis has passed from father to son" Ventura County Star
  3. ^ "Somis". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  4. ^ "Somis (historical)". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  5. ^ a b 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. 
  6. ^ "Fox Barranca". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  7. ^ "Arroyo Las Posas". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  8. ^ Applegate, Richard B. (1974). "Chumash Placenames" Journal of California Anthropology. The, 1(2). Retrieved October 22, 2013.
  9. ^ Cultural Heritage Board. "Ventura County Landmark Map" County of Ventura Planning Division Accessed 2 November 2013
  10. ^ "Map of the Town of Somis in Rancho Los Posas." 3 MR 33. Ventura County Recorder Retrieved October 22, 2013 from CountyView GIS.
  11. ^ "BARD-HOLBERT SUBDIVISION NO. 1." 15 MR 67. Ventura County Recorder Retrieved November 2, 2013 from CountyView GIS.
  12. ^ "BARD-HOLBERT SUBDIVISION NO. 2." 21 MR 74. Ventura County Recorder Retrieved November 2, 2013 from CountyView GIS.
  13. ^ "CA zipcode 93066". [dead link]
  14. ^ "South Mountain". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  15. ^ Climate Summary for Somis, California