Holtville is a town with population of 5,612 in Imperial County, California located 10.5 miles (17 km) east of El Centro. Holtville is famous for its annual carrot festival and nick named itself the Carrot Capital of the World.

The city of Holtville was founded by W.F. Holt and incorporated in 1908. Holt was a banker from Missouri who moved to the west for health reasons. Holt had a vision of what the Imperial Valley would become, and in the process he was the first to envision a town east of the Alamo River. In 1903, the city of Holtville was born. Construction of the new town was slow in the beginning because of a town policy which only allowed brick construction. That policy was later changed. On June 20, 1908 the city of Holtville was incorporated.

In 1918, a special car was used on the Inter-Urban. It was a car that was fitted with wheels that permitted it to run on the train tracks, as well as, drive on the street like a normal car. W.F. Holt`s design made it possible for the Inter-Urban to provide door-to-door deliveries of people and goods.

The city of Holtville had a master plan for its downtown district. The city was designed so that businesses faced Holt Park, which formed a town square. Holt Park is the focus for the city of Holtville which boasted large, lush shade trees, and the City Hall building… a two story structure that was built in the center of the Park.

There have been several changes in Holt Park but it still remains the gem of the city. At one time, the Park even had a monkey cage and a fish pond. However, what remains today is a time capsule which is to be opened in the year 2015.

Fire has been a major tragedy to the city of Holtville and, in some ways, has affected all the citizens of Holtville. In the 1960's, the Holtville Unified School District, which consisted of a two story structure, was destroyed by a fire. A theater that once graced Main Street in Holtville was also destroyed by fire in the 1970's. And sadly, a large section of the Holtville Business District was also destroyed by fire in the 1980's.




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