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In the 1920s, Foster Park was gone some 40 years later, paved over to make room for Highway 33. Even longtime Ventura County residents are unfamiliar with the place and its history. But for those like Alferes, who grew up a stone's throw from Foster Park Market and Okie's Tavern, the town remains unforgettable. "I mainly wrote the book because I had such strong memories of it," Alferes says, "and I knew other people would too. Author Gwen Alferes, a former resident of Foster Park, is pictured on her mother's lap. Photos courtesy of Gwen Alferes.

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