Camulos Avenue

Named in 1917 after Rancho Camulos, located in the Ventura County town of Piru. (It’s traditionally held that camulos meant “juniper tree” in the local native language.) Said rancho was established in 1853 by the del Valle family and was reportedly the model for the picturesque ranch owned by the widowed – and passive-aggressively evil – Señora Moreno in Helen Hunt Jackson’s 1884 novel Ramona. The del Valles did nothing to dispel this rumor; indeed, they encouraged it. A few blocks north of this street, you’ll find both Ramona and Del Valle avenues. It’s no coincidence.