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Oak View group reviving interest in historic location

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Ojai Valley News photo by Perry Van Houten
Remnants of the San Buenaventura Mission Aqueduct, near the former site of the Asistencia Santa Gertrudis chapel in the Canada Larga area.
Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
The destruction of a little-known historical site that may have inspired the name “Casitas” was commemorated Jan. 14 by a group of Oak View residents.
The long-disappeared Asistencia Santa Gertrudis, near the entrance to Canada Larga, was an outlying chapel of Mission San Buenaventura.
It was built in the early 1800s, but fell into ruins and was plowed under, before being rediscovered and excavated, and then paved over in January 1968 during the construction of the SR 33 freeway spur.
An obscure roadside memorial to the structure still stands along Ventura Avenue, near the Ojai Valley Sanitary District’s water treatment plant.
According to the memorial, the chapel “served the Indians in the early days,” but Ched Myers of Oak View, who's been researching the Asistencia for more than 10 years, says there's more to the story.
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Ojai Valley News photo by Perry Van Houten
The roadside memorial to the Asistencia Santa Gertrudis, near Canada Larga, was scorched by the Thomas Fire.

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