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There are other explanations about the name Simi, but this one was given to me by my brother who worked over 40 years for the Smithsonian Institution and it seems most plausible to me".Three Chumash settlements existed in Simi Valley during the Mission period in the late 18th and early 19th century: Shimiyi, Ta’apu (present-day Tapo Canyon), and Kimishax or Quimisac (Happy Camp Canyon west of Moorpark College).The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, where the former president was buried in 2004, is in Simi Valley.Simi Valley has been ranked twice as the 18th most conservative city in the United States; once by The Bay Area Center For Voting Research Around 5,000 years ago these tribes began processing acorns, and harvesting local marshland plants.The city of Simi Valley is surrounded by the Santa Susana Mountain range and the Simi Hills, west of the San Fernando Valley, and northeast of the Conejo Valley.It is largely a commuter bedroom community, feeding the cities in the Los Angeles area and the San Fernando Valley to the east, and cities in Ventura County to the west.Other areas containing Chumash Native American pictographs in the Simi Hills are for instance by Lake Manor and Chatsworth.
Farms, orchards and groves dominated the valley's landscape until the 1970s.
In 1972, Boys Town West was founded in the eastern end of Simi Valley.
The youth camp/home facility is based on an older larger one in Boys Town, Nebraska.
Strathearn, served as the headquarters of the rancho.
José de la Guerra y Noriega, a Captain of the Santa Barbara Presidio, who had begun to acquire large amounts of land in California to raise cattle, purchased Rancho Simi from the Pico family in 1842.