SANTA PAULA, CITRUS CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
Across Main Street from the historic clock tower, this mural highlights a 60 year span (1880-1940) during which Santa Paula was considered the "Citrus Capital of the World." The first panel shows Latino, Anglo, and Japanese workers harvesting lemons circa 1900. The second panel shows Nathan Blanchard, founder of the town of Santa Paula, with his first packing house in 1875. The third scene pays tribute to the thousands of hardworking Latino pickers who, for many years, have harvested citrus here. The final panel shows the significant role of women in the packing houses, including women whose families fled the "Dust Bowl" sweeping through the Great Plains in the late 1930s.