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Los Alamitos in Orange County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

St. Isidore Historical Plaza

 
 
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By Michael Kindig, October 19, 2015
1. St. Isidore Historical Plaza Marker
Inscription. The St. Isidore Catholic Parish was established in 1921. Parishioners met for services at the local Felts Market or the Harmona Hotel, whichever could accommodate them. In 1922, the parishioners asked the Bixby Land Company for a piece of the land to build a Catholic church.

In 1924, the Bixby Land Company assigned the southwest corner of Church Street and Main Street (now Katella Avenue and Reagan Street) to the Roman Catholic Bishop of Monterey and Los Angeles for the filing fee of ten ($10.00) dollars. The property was used to build the first Catholic church in Los Alamitos. First Pastor assigned to St. Isidore was Father Miguel Santacana when it was built and opened in 1926.

The year 1933 saw much of the building destroyed in the Long Beach earthquake. The parishioners rebuild St. Isidore to its present Spanish Revival architecture style that stands today.

The Orange Diocese closed St. Isidore in 1960 when St. Hedwig Catholic Church was opened on Los Alamitos Boulevard. In 1972, Father Quinn reopened St. Isidore and had the hall built to serve as a family center.

In May, 1999, the Orange Diocese once again closed St. Isidore with the last service being held on the last Sunday of the month, September 26, 1999.

With the closing of the church, a committee of dedicated parishioners and community
St. Isidore Historical Plaza Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 19, 2015
2. St. Isidore Historical Plaza Marker
members formed a non-profit organization to purchase, preserve and protect the St. Isidore site for present and future generations, renaming it the St. Isidore Historical Plaza. The site is now a community center.

The Los Alamitos Museum Association on November 29, 2011, designated the chapel building at St. Isidore Historical Plaza, as the oldest remaining community building in Los Alamitos. The dedicated was held on June 10, 2012.
 
Erected 2012 by Los Alamitos Museum Association.
 
Location. 33° 48.203′ N, 118° 4.166′ W. Marker is in Los Alamitos, California, in Orange County. Marker is on Reagan Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10997 Reagan Street, Los Alamitos CA 90720, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. This Big Saw (approx. mile away); Los Alamitos Sugar Company and Town's Founding (approx. 0.4 miles away); Carson Street Landscaping (approx. 2 miles away but has been reported missing); Ranchos Los Alamitos - Los Cerritos - Los Coyotes (approx. 2.5 miles away); “Big Red Cars” (approx.
St. Isidore Historical Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 19, 2015
3. St. Isidore Historical Plaza
2.8 miles away); a different marker also named “Big Red Cars” (approx. 2.8 miles away); a different marker also named “Big Red Cars” (approx. 2.9 miles away but has been reported missing); a different marker also named “Big Red Cars” (approx. 3.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Los Alamitos.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 131 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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