Community Guide

California

California, OH

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Introduction

Located just four miles from Downtown Cincinnati on the Ohio River is the scenic settlement of California.

Summary

There are about 400 residents in California. Christian Ebersole was the first to land here in 1802. The town was settled in 1849 by a group of hopeful people on their way west during the Gold Rush and they decided to stay here, giving the town the name California. This is a quiet community where all the neighbors know each other. Most of the homes in California are older and many have been restored.

Transportation

Queen City Metro buses serve California during peak hours with one bus in the morning and one in the evening, Monday through Friday.

Hospitals

Anderson Mercy hospital is approximately 10 minutes away via I-275.

Shopping

Anderson Town Center and the surrounding shopping area are about 5 miles away and feature major department stores, specialty stores, grocery stores, restaurants and more.

Recreation

The Cincinnati Recreation commission operates the California Ball Park which has several ball fields. California Community Park has playground equipment, volleyball, picnic tables and more. The Ebersole Community Center is in the building that was built in 1870 and was the community's school for nearly a century. The Center has basketball hoops, a playground and picnic tables outside. Inside, the Ebersole Community Center offers karate, ceramics, quilting classes, pool tables and more. Child care is offered during the day. Coney Island is in California and features a large outdoor pool with slides and numerous diving boards; Moonlight Gardens (an outdoor ballroom), paddleboats and amusement rides are on the Coney Island grounds. The beautiful, public 18-hole California Golf Course is here, and also River Star sports complex that can be rented for various functions such as wedding receptions and graduation parties. Riverbend Music Center, an outdoor concert facility, and River Downs horse racing track, are both just east of California.