Fillmore is a small city in Ventura County, California situated in the Santa Clara River Valley. The City has a historic downtown that was established when the Southern Pacific built the railroad through the valley in 1887. Founded by Jerome A. Fillmore, a general superintendent for the company’s Pacific system, the rail line has provided a name for the town. As of the 2010 census, the city’s population was 15,002.
Fillmore’s economy is still largely driven by agriculture due to its rich and fertile soil. Most agricultural industry in the city area is related to orange, lemon, avocado orchard farming and packing and, more recently, specimen tree farming. The single largest employer is the Fillmore Unified School District.
The City of Fillmore has a classic “turn of the 20th century” downtown architecture, the one-screen Fillmore Towne Theatre, and many unique shops and businesses, including the Giessinger winery. Adjacent to the railroad tracks and a much-photographed city hall is the Railroad Visitor Center operated by the Santa Clara River Valley Railroad Historical Society, which has many displays as well as a fully operational 90-foot (27 m) train turntable and several restored railroad cars. A short walk down Main Street from the Railroad Visitor Center is the Fillmore Historical Museum, which includes the restored Southern Pacific Railroad Fillmore 1887 standard-design One Story Combination Depot No. 11 built in 1887, a 1956 Southern Pacific railroad caboose, and railroad-related displays.