Fillmore is a city in Ventura County, California, United States in the Santa Clara River Valley. In an agriculture area with rich, fertile soil, the city has a historic downtown that was established when Southern Pacific built the railroad through the valley in 1887.
Fillmore is a small town in the Santa Clara River Valley below the San Cayetano Mountain peak in the Los Padres National Forest. Fillmore is within a historic Ventura County agricultural and tree-farming belt. Educational facilities include one high school, one middle school, and 5 elementary schools. Sespe Condor Sanctuary, where the critically endangered California condor is recovering, lies to the north.
Fillmore has a classic “turn of the 20th century” downtown architecture, the one-screen Fillmore Towne Theatre, and many unique shops and businesses, including a local winery. The Fillmore and Western Railway trains take tourists through the orchards. The Elkins Ranch Golf Course is nearby. The well-preserved downtown Fillmore is a popular filming location for television and movies.
The city’s economy is still largely driven by agriculture. Most agricultural industry in the area is related to orange, lemon, avocado orchard farming and packing and, more recently, specimen tree farming. To a lesser extent, row crop farming and small industry and assembly are also present in and near Fillmore and in other parts of the Santa Clara Valley.