Lake Forest in Orange County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
El Toro, the Early Years
Ranchos gave way to ranches by the 1800s.
— Heritage Hill Historical Park —
Other visionaries influenced the development of Saddleback Valley as well. In 1877, Charles Bennett purchased land that included water rights from Aliso Creek. That water eventually found its way via pipeline to El Toro, ushering in the development of the rural town. The school you see, El Toro School, was built in 1890.
Around 1910, John Osterman introduced the water-thrifty black-eye bean to the valley farmers. Those beans, as well as barley, apricots, and walnuts dominated the valley landscape. While these crops fueled the local economy, the farmers' gut instincts fueled the practice of dry-farming. Until water supplies were secured, people would need to gamble with the weather.
Thomas Edison filed a U.S. Patent for an electric lamp.
The Wright Brothers achieved the first flight of a powered aircraft.
Erected by Orange County Parks.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Churches & Religion • Science & Medicine • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1884.
Location. 33° 38.819′ N, 117° 41.387′ W. Marker is in Lake Forest, California, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Serrano Road north of Winding Way, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest CA 92630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Heritage Hill Historic Park (a few steps from this marker); Coast Live Oak - Historical Legend (a few steps from this marker); Native Ways (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Heritage Hill Historic Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Serrano Adobe (within shouting distance of this marker); Angel of Hope (approx. half a mile away); El Toro Memorial Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); In Honor of All Veterans (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake Forest.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 24, 2022, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. This page has been viewed 116 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 24, 2022, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.