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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Orange County, California

 
Clickable Map of Orange County, California and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Orange County, CA (400) Los Angeles County, CA (1290) Riverside County, CA (182) San Bernardino County, CA (299) San Diego County, CA (350)  OrangeCounty(400) Orange County (400)  LosAngelesCounty(1290) Los Angeles County (1290)  RiversideCounty(182) Riverside County (182)  SanBernardinoCounty(299) San Bernardino County (299)  SanDiegoCounty(350) San Diego County (350)
Santa Ana is the county seat for Orange County
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1California, Orange County, Aliso Viejo — Mixocetus Baleen WhalePlaza de La Paz
Near Plaza De La Paz west of La Paz Road. Reported unreadable.
This skull of Mixocetus baleen whale was discovered during grading of this plaza. It is the second example of the species known to science. The first was found in Los Angles in 1931. Mixocetus was one of the largest marine animals to inhabit . . . Map (db m188542) HM
2California, Orange County, Anaheim — “Big Red Cars”of the Pacific Electric Railway
On South Knott Avenue, on the right when traveling north.
For more than half a century, the Pacific Electric Railway served Southern California. The system was established by Henry Huntington in 1895 and linked Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties with over 1,000 miles of service and . . . Map (db m101471) HM
3California, Orange County, Anaheim — “Big Red Cars”of the Pacific Electric Railway
On Knott Avenue, on the right when traveling south.
For more than half a century, the Pacific Electric Railway served Southern California. The system was established by Henry Huntington in 1895 and linked Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties with over 1,000 miles of service and . . . Map (db m101472) HM
4California, Orange County, Anaheim — A Utopian Dream
Near West Street north of Pearl Street, on the right when traveling north.
Inspired by John Frohling's vision of a viticulture utopia, the Los Angeles Vineyard Society was formed in 1857. Convinced that wine was the way to wealth, the Society joined the scramble for land and sent surveyor George Hansen on a quest that . . . Map (db m189671) HM
5California, Orange County, Anaheim — 49 — Anaheim Cemetery
Near Sycamore Street near Hawthorn Street.
In 1866, German Colonists established the Anaheim Cemetery as the first public cemetery in Orange County. Many of the early leaders of Anaheim and Orange County are interred here. The Community Mausoleum was built in 1914 as the first mausoleum on . . . Map (db m58908) HM
6California, Orange County, Anaheim — Architectural Sampler
On West Street north of Pearl Street, on the right when traveling north.
The houses of Founders' Park illustrates how 19th century Anaheim architecture evolved. The modest Mother Colony House, now the oldest wood frame structure in Orange County, represents the first years of the Anaheim Colony. It reflects the hard . . . Map (db m189669) HM
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7California, Orange County, Anaheim — Boeing AutoneticsAnaheim, Calif.
On La Palma Avenue, 0.2 miles east of Kraemer Boulevard, on the left when traveling east.
Pioneering innovations in electronics, guidance, navigation and control that charted new frontiers on Earth and beyond. This monument is dedicated to every Autonetics employee and retiree whose legacy of excellence continues today as part of . . . Map (db m195480) HM
8California, Orange County, Anaheim — Boysen Cactus GardenA Garden Rooted in History
On Sycamore Street east of Harbor Boulevard.
The Cactus Garden was conceived by Rudolph "Rudy" Boysen, Superintendent of Anaheim City Parks from 1928 to 1949. Mr. Boysen, a noted botanist and creator of the "boysenberry," placed a variety of cactus in this garden, including several rare . . . Map (db m193789) HM
9California, Orange County, Anaheim — Cañada De Los BueyesCanyon of the Oxen
On Mwd Access Rd west of Eastern Transportation Corridor (Highway 241).
Through this canyon in Mexican days oxen drawn carretas carried hides to the embarcadero at San Juan Capistrano.Map (db m49945) HM
10California, Orange County, Anaheim — Carthay Circle Theatre — Replica —
Near Buena Vista Street / Disneyland Drive.
At this theater on the night of December 21, 1937, Walt Disney introduced to the world the first full colored, feature length animated motion picture, Snow White of the Seven Dwarfs. The rest as they say, is history!Map (db m189320) HM
11California, Orange County, Anaheim — Cascade Falls
Near Disneyland Drive just south of Magic Way, on the right when traveling south.
Cascade Falls and Ol’ Unfaithful were once prominent features in the classic Frontierland attraction Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland, which made its debut at Disneyland in 1960. Taking its cue from the True Life Adventures series nature films, . . . Map (db m165217) HM
12California, Orange County, Anaheim — Dawn Redwood(Metasequoia Glyptostroboides)
Near East Sycamore Street at East Sycamore Street, on the right when traveling east.
This grove of dawn redwood trees was planted by the Orange County Cemetery District as a memorial to the People of Chinese Heritage interred in the Anaheim Cemetery. This species of tree was thought to be extinct until they were rediscovered growing . . . Map (db m197717)
13California, Orange County, Anaheim — Disneyland Monorail SystemHistoric Mechanical Engineering Landmark — 1959 —
Near Disneyland Drive.
Disney engineers designed this monorail system, based on the system developed by Axel L. Wenner-Gren (ALWEG). Built at the Walt Disney Studios, the system is intended to apply to urban transit. Opened in 1959, it has been in daily passenger . . . Map (db m155278) HM
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14California, Orange County, Anaheim — Helena Modjeska
On Sycamore Street, on the right when traveling east.
This statue is the oldest public works of art project of its type in Orange County. Sponsored by the State Emergency Relief Administration, the Anaheim Rotary Club and the City of Anaheim, it was originally dedicated on September 15, 1935. . . . Map (db m51967) HM
15California, Orange County, Anaheim — Historic Anaheim Cemetery
Near Sycamore Street near Hawthorn Street, on the right when traveling east.
The historic Anaheim Cemetery was founded in 1866 by German Colonists who organized the Anaheim Cemetery Association and purchased the original five acre site from Phillip Sichel. In 1893 the final parcel of land was purchased from Capt. Irwin Barr. . . . Map (db m199513) HM
16California, Orange County, Anaheim — Kate and Ella 1895"Katella Ranch"
Near Katella Avenue west of Interstate 5, on the right when traveling west.
Kate and Ella, the daughters of the Rea family, were early settlers of Anaheim. The family named their ranch "Katella Ranch" after their daughters. The original Anaheim wagon track was later named after them and is now Katella Ave. Artist: . . . Map (db m123516) HM
17California, Orange County, Anaheim — Lafitte's Anchor
Near Disneyland Drive.
Said to be from a pirate ship commanded by Jean Lafitte in the battle of New Orleans, January 8, 1815. It is also said that Lafitte's privateering steps left a wake of blood from the mainland to Barataria Bay. But don't believe everything you . . . Map (db m189871) HM
18California, Orange County, Anaheim — Loara School Bell
On Broadway at Loara Street, on the right when traveling west on Broadway.
In 1869, near this location, Mr. Benjamin F. Kellogg helped establish the pioneer farming community of Fairview. In 1870 Mr. Kellogg donated land for the first Fairview school, built at today's Ball Road and Euclid Avenue. By 1888 the school, one of . . . Map (db m59762) HM
19California, Orange County, Anaheim — Michelle Carew Community Courtyard
Near Gene Autry Way.
This courtyard was dedicated September 17th 1999 in loving memory of Michelle Carew. Her spirited battle against leukemia raised awareness of the National Marrow Donor Program throughout this country. In the process, her legacy has saved countless . . . Map (db m311) HM
20California, Orange County, Anaheim — Mother Colony House
On West Street near Sycamore Street, on the right when traveling north.
This house was built in 1857 by Mr. Geo. Hansen the promoter of that little colony of Germans who founded what is now the City of Anaheim, and originally stood on N. Los Angeles St. between Chartres & Cypress Sts. The building was a gift from . . . Map (db m51963) HM
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21California, Orange County, Anaheim — Mother Colony HouseLibrary Landmarks Register — Friends of Libraries USA —
On West Street near Sycamore Street, on the right when traveling north.
The first home built in Anaheim (1857). It was here that Henrk Sienkiewicz resided with Madame Helena Modjeska in 1876. He is one of the most popular Polish writes and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1905 for his outstanding merits as . . . Map (db m188541) HM
22California, Orange County, Anaheim — 201 — Mother Colony House
On West Street near Sycamore Street, on the right when traveling north.
First house built in Anaheim, 1857, by George Hanson, founder "The Mother Colony", group selecting name given settlement. This German group left San Francisco to form grape growing colony. Southern California Vineyards became largest in California . . . Map (db m50119) HM
23California, Orange County, Anaheim — 112 — North Gate of City of Anaheim
On Anaheim Boulevard at South Street, on the right when traveling south on Anaheim Boulevard.
Anaheim, founded 1857. Location of North Gate.Map (db m51976) HM
24California, Orange County, Anaheim — 48 — Old Anaheim Library
On South Anaheim Boulevard, 0.3 miles south of West Lincoln Avenue, on the right when traveling south.
Anaheim's first building constructed exclusively for library use was erected in 1908 with a grant of $10,000 from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The site was purchased with funds raised by popular subscription. This building was designed by Los . . . Map (db m50042) HM
25California, Orange County, Anaheim — Outdoor Living
On West Street north of Pearl Street, on the right when traveling north.
Writer George Wharton James concluded that Southern California's climate invited residents into the open. Throughout its entire history, Anaheim has proven James correct. In period photographs, hand pumps shared backyards with swings while chicken . . . Map (db m189670) HM
26California, Orange County, Anaheim — 33 — Peralta Adobe
On Santa Ana Canyon Road at Fairmont Boulevard, on the right when traveling east on Santa Ana Canyon Road.
Ramon Peralta built this adobe dwelling in 1871. His grandfather, Juan Pablo Peralta, was co-grantee with Jose Antonio Yorba of the only Spanish land grant in Orange County, the Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana, upon which the old Peralta settlement was . . . Map (db m50017) HM
27California, Orange County, Anaheim — Petrified TreeFrom the Pike Petrified Forest, Colorado
Near Disneyland Drive.
This section weighs five tons and measures 7½ feet in diameter. The original tree, estimated to have been 200 feet tall, was part of a sub-tropical forest 55 to 70 million years ago in what is now Colorado. Scientists believe it to be of the Redwood . . . Map (db m155279) HM
28California, Orange County, Anaheim — 11 — Site of San Pedro Gate1857
On Center Street west of Walnut Street.
The original townsite of Anaheim was surrounded by a living fence of willow trees to keep out the livestock which roamed freely on the open range. This is the site of the gate that was opened to permit travel to and from San Pedro and Los Angeles.Map (db m49990) HM
29California, Orange County, Anaheim — 15 — St. Michael's Episcopal ChurchErected 1876 — Consecrated May 17, 1880 —
On South Street, 0.1 miles west of Anaheim Boulevard, on the right when traveling west.
The walls of this House of God are hallowed by the prayers of countless worshippers. For nearly a century the mellow tones of its bell have called the faithful to prayer, announced weddings with joy, and tolled in grief for those who have passed . . . Map (db m49995) HM
30California, Orange County, Anaheim — The Absent and Unknown Dead
Near Sycamore Street near Hawthorn Street.
To the absent and unknown dead of all wars, 1922Map (db m205568) WM
31California, Orange County, Anaheim — The Anamorph
Near Katella Avenue near Douglass Road.
This sculpture, which was created by artist Michael Davis, Ann Preston and Richard Turner, explores the nature of perception. The reflected images cast upon the central column and the ink blot form, which appear on the ground surrounding the work, . . . Map (db m204324)
32California, Orange County, Anaheim — The Louden House
On Clementine Street just north of Wilhelmina Street, on the right when traveling north.
Built 1922, 712 North Clementine Street, has been designated as historically significant to the Anaheim Colony Historic District under the City of Anaheim's Mills Act program.Map (db m211428) HM
33California, Orange County, Anaheim — The Pelton Wheel
Near Disneyland Drive.
According to legend, Lester Pelton got his idea for a more powerful waterwheel from seeing a cow stick its nose into a stream of water. Patented in 1878, the divided metal cups of Pelton's wheel worked much the same way as the cleft between the . . . Map (db m155281) HM
34California, Orange County, Anaheim — The Steam Donkey
Near Disneyland Drive.
How the Dolbeer Donkey steam engine got its name is one of the real mysteries of the West. Some folks say it was called a "donkey" because loggers thought it was too puny to merit a horsepower rating. Invented by John Dolbeer, this portable steam . . . Map (db m155280) HM
35California, Orange County, Anaheim — This Big Saw
On Ball Road east of Lewis Street, on the right when traveling east.
This nine foot band saw is among the largest log saws ever used in the sawmill industry. It weighs over 38,000 pounds and has a blade that stre[t]ches over fifty-six feet in length. This saw was used to cut Douglass Fir logs up to ten feet in . . . Map (db m199505) HM
36California, Orange County, Anaheim — This Boulder
On Santa Ana Canyon Road at Imperial Highway, on the right when traveling west on Santa Ana Canyon Road.
This boulder marks the site of one of the first public schools in this county. Built 1867. First teacher - Jennie Swift. William M. McFadden taught here 1869 to 1879. Map (db m189683) HM
37California, Orange County, Anaheim — Wind and Water / Anaheim Agriculture
Near West Street at Pearl Street, on the right when traveling north.
Wind and Water Anaheim's early settlers put wind to work. Windmills rose above homestead rooflines poised to catch ocean breezes, shifting with the air currents, spinning gears effortlessly, and pumping water to the arid surface. Often . . . Map (db m189673) HM
38California, Orange County, Balboa Island — Balboa Village
On E Bay Ave at Main Street, on the left when traveling east on E Bay Ave.
The Pavilion, built in 1905, and this building were prominent features of Balboa Village in 1918. Henry Huntington's Red Car Trolleys ran regular schedules between the Balboa Terminus and points north to Los Angeles. Today the Pavilion . . . Map (db m112985) HM
39California, Orange County, Brea — Brea American Legion Building
On South Brea Boulevard north of West Elm Street, on the right when traveling south.
Since 1920, the American Legion has had an active presence in Brea. Post #181 dedicated a structure on this site on November 8, 1924 followed by a transformation to this Mission Style building in 1931. It housed the Brea Women's Club during . . . Map (db m199553) HM
40California, Orange County, Brea — Brea Plunge
Near South Brea Boulevard.
Built in 1929, the Brea Plunge is known as the oldest continually operating municipal pool in Orange County. Generations of Breans have celebrated summer and learned to swim here with only a few interruptions. The Plunge closed for the summer of . . . Map (db m199733) HM
41California, Orange County, Brea — Brea Veterans Memorial
On South Brea Boulevard north of West Elm Street when traveling south.
In memory of the citizens of Brea who have dedicated their lives in defense of their country.Map (db m199558) WM
42California, Orange County, Brea — Don Gaspar de Portolá"Don Gaspor Portola"
On Brea Boulevard, 0.5 miles north of Central Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
Don Gaspor Portola with 60 men camped here July 31, 1769 on his first exploring route from San Diego to Monterey.Map (db m130638) HM
43California, Orange County, Brea — Many a Child
Near South Brea Boulevard.
Many a child whiled away the hours at this fishing pond in City Hall Park during the 1940's. The pond also attracted a large population of bull frogs that became so noisy they disturbed the neighbors every night to the extent the pond was finally . . . Map (db m199731) HM
44California, Orange County, Brea — Old City Hall
On South Brea Boulevard at East Date Street, on the right when traveling south on South Brea Boulevard.
The five-acre site for old City Hall was purchased in 1928 for $30,392.82. This Spanish Mediterranean-style building was dedicated in 1929 and housed Brea City Council chamber and offices, police, jail, fire, library, Municipal Court judge, Chamber . . . Map (db m175849) HM
45California, Orange County, Brea — 918 — Olinda
On Carbon Canyon Road at Santa Fe Road, on the right when traveling east on Carbon Canyon Road.
The course of oil production was changed in 1899 when the Olinda area became the first site in California to use the technique of drilling with the hole full of water. Having been developed as a source of fuel oil for for the Santa Fe Railroad, . . . Map (db m50337) HM
46California, Orange County, Brea — Olinda Historic Trail
Near East Sante Fe Road east of Railway Avenue, on the left when traveling east.
While the oilfield here remains active, the earlier community is gone. Dwindling oil reserves and technology reduced the number of employees, flood water from these canyons made life hazardous, and suburban development become increasingly . . . Map (db m189675) HM
47California, Orange County, Brea — 50 — Olinda Oil Museum and Trail
On Santa Fe Road east of Railway Avenue.
On this site, Edward L. Doheny drilled the first oil well in the Olilnda field in 1897. Olinda #1, drilled to 806 feet, pumped about 50 barrels per day (bpd). By 1898, ten wells were drilled, some producing up to 100 bpd. In 1899, the Santa Fe . . . Map (db m50045) HM
48California, Orange County, Brea — Ralph E. Barnes Bandstand
Near South Brea Boulevard.
Born in Parsons, Kansas, twenty-one year old Ralph Barnes came to California in 1923 with this family and settled in Orange County. After a brief stint in the City of Orange, h secured a position at the First National Bank in Brea, then a small oil . . . Map (db m199735) HM
49California, Orange County, Brea — Richard Nixon in City Hall Park
Near South Brea Boulevard.
As part of a four-city Orange County campaign tour, vice presidential candidate Richard Nixon made a 10-minute speech in City Hall Park on October 20, 1952, in front of 1,600 excited supporters. Brea's "country doctor” Glenn Curtis introduced . . . Map (db m199730) HM
50California, Orange County, Brea — The Humming Bird
On North Brea Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
Approximately 50 feet south of this spot in February 1928, the first full-cantilever, low-wing monoplane was built in the United States. Named the "Humming Bird", this tiny plane was designed and built by young Austrian immigrant Fred Thaheld and . . . Map (db m199559) HM
51California, Orange County, Buena Park — “Big Red Cars”of the Pacific Electric Railway
On Holder Street, on the right when traveling north.
For more than half a century, the Pacific Electric Railway served Southern California. The system was established by Henry Huntington in 1895 and linked Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties with over 1,000 miles of service and . . . Map (db m101470) HM
52California, Orange County, Buena Park — Birdcage TheatreKnott's Berry Farm
Near Beach Boulevard, on the left when traveling north.
Tombstone, Arizona was a rich and riotous mining camp in December 1881 when former opera house manager Billy Hutchinson opened the doors of The Bird Cage Theatre from the onset it was patronized twenty-four hours a day by the town’s miners, . . . Map (db m192480) HM
53California, Orange County, Buena Park — Blacksmith Shop
Near Beach Boulevard, on the left when traveling north.
Early transportation methods consisted primarily of horse, mule, and ox power. These animals all had to be shod to protect their hooves. Consequently, the Blacksmith was an important figure in the Old West. He not only made the shoes for the . . . Map (db m192483) HM
54California, Orange County, Buena Park — 43 — Buena Park Woman's Clubhouse
On Beach Boulevard at 11th Street, on the right when traveling south on Beach Boulevard.
Since its establshment in a newly created Orange County (1889), the Buena Park Woman's Club has influenced the civic life of its community. The club helped establish a volunteer fire department in 1915, a library district in 1919, and the town's . . . Map (db m50036) HM
55California, Orange County, Buena Park — 20 — Knotts Berry Farm
On Grand Avenue, on the right when traveling south.
Founded as a 10-acre farm in 1920 by Cordella and Walter Knott, developer of the boysenberry. From berry fields came a tea room, berry market, nursery and one of the Nation's oldest themed amusement partks now on 150 acres with authentic replicas of . . . Map (db m50002) HM
56California, Orange County, Buena Park — Knott's Classic Carousel
Near Beach Boulevard, on the right when traveling west.
Knott’s classic wooden carousel was carved at the turn–of-the–century in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania shop of Gustav A. Dentzel. The young Dentzel had come to America in 1864 after learning the carousel carving trade from his father . . . Map (db m103384) HM
57California, Orange County, Buena Park — Old Betsy
Near Beach Boulevard, on the left when traveling north.
This old wood-burning engine was used in early-day borax mining on the desert in Death Valley and was brought here in 1941. It was a distinct improvement over the 20-mule team that used to haul borax from the mines, but was still hot, miserable work . . . Map (db m192482) HM
58California, Orange County, Buena Park — 729 — Rivera School(Old Maizeland)
Near Beach Blvd when traveling north.
This was the first school in the Rivera District, constructed in 1868, and previously located on Shugg Lane, now Slauson AvenueMap (db m103382) HM
59California, Orange County, Buena Park — School House
Near Beach Boulevard, on the right when traveling west.
Typical of one room schoolhouse of the 1800's is this one from Beloit, Kansas. Built in 1879, it housed 8 classes at a time from the first through the eighth grades. Schools rarely had more than two rooms in those days, due not only to the limited . . . Map (db m103383) HM
60California, Orange County, Buena Park — 7 — Site of Lily Creamery
On Beach Boulevard south of Santa Ana Freeway, on the right when traveling north.
Established 1889 as the Pacific Condensed Milk, Coffee and Canning Co. by J.M. Pitblado. First evaporated milk cannery in California and the first industry in Buena Park. The Bixby family owned the factory from 1896 until it closed in 1907. Site was . . . Map (db m49986) HM
61California, Orange County, Corona del Mar — El Camino Real
On Pacific Coast Highway (U.S. 1) at Marguerite Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Pacific Coast Highway.
In 1906 guidepost bells were placed along the El Camino Real to guide early travelers and to preserve this historic route which linked California's missions beginning in 1769.Map (db m204334) HM
62California, Orange County, Corona Del Mar — The Original Disneyland Bandstand — Roger’s Gardens —
Near San Joaquin Hills Road south of MacArthur Boulevard, on the right when traveling south.
The Original Disneyland Bandstand is where Mickey Mouse led his 16-piece band the day Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955. In the mid-1970s, Roger's Gardens acquired the Disneyland Bandstand and moved it to its present location, where it . . . Map (db m207155) HM
63California, Orange County, Costa Mesa — Alpha Beta Store 1924(c)
On Newport Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
Costa Mesa Historical Site Costa Mesa Alpha Beta Store 1924(c)Map (db m59892) HM
64California, Orange County, Costa Mesa — Apollo 11July 20, 1969 — Astronaut - Neil Armstrong —
Near Nevada Street at California Street.
July 20, 1969 "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Astronaut - Neil Armstrong Apollo 11Map (db m205550)
65California, Orange County, Costa Mesa — Bank of Balboa, Costa Mesa Branch 1923(c)
On Newport Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
Costa Mesa Historical Site Costa Mesa Bank of Balboa, Costa Mesa Branch 1923(c)Map (db m59886) HM
66California, Orange County, Costa Mesa — Braddy's Barber Shoppe 1921(c)
On Newport Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
Costa Mesa Historical Site Costa Mesa Braddy's Barber Shoppe 1921(c)Map (db m59896) HM
67California, Orange County, Costa Mesa — Chapman Billiard Parlor 1928(c)
On Newport Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
Costa Mesa Historical Site Costa Mesa Chapman Billiard Parlor 1928(c)Map (db m59897) HM
68California, Orange County, Costa Mesa — Costa Mesa Garage 1922(c)
On Newport Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
Costa Mesa Historical Site Costa Mesa Costa Mesa Garage 1922(c)Map (db m59893) HM
69California, Orange County, Costa Mesa — Davis Barbershop & Soda Fountain 1921(c)
On Newport Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
Costa Mesa Historical Site Costa Mesa Davis Barbershop & Soda Fountain 1921(c)Map (db m59880) HM
70California, Orange County, Costa Mesa — 227 — Diego Sepúlveda Adobe
On Adams Avenue at Mesa Verde Drive West, on the right when traveling west on Adams Avenue.
This home of early Spanish Californians, erected in the 1820's, once served as an "estancia" or station for mission herdsmen. It was dedicated in 1963 for public use by the Segerstrom Family and restored by the City of Costa Mesa. It is jointly . . . Map (db m50306) HM
71California, Orange County, Costa Mesa — F.M. Bloom Shoe Repairs 1923(c)
Near Newport Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
Costa Mesa Historical Site Costa Mesa F.M. Blum Shoe Repairs 1923(c) Map (db m59878) HM
72California, Orange County, Costa Mesa — Mesa Cleaners 1926(c)
On Newport Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
Costa Mesa Historical Site Costa Mesa Mesa Cleaners 1926(c)Map (db m59899) HM
73California, Orange County, Costa Mesa — Mesa Tavern 1928(c)
On Newport Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
Costa Mesa Historical Site 1928(c)Map (db m59894) HM
74California, Orange County, Costa Mesa — Meyers Department Store 1924(c)
On Newport Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
Costa Mesa Historical Site Costa Mesa Meyers Department Store 1924(c)Map (db m59881) HM
75California, Orange County, Costa Mesa — Middaugh Shoes 1929(c)
On Newport Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
Costa Mesa Historical Site Costa Mesa Middaugh Shoes 1929(c)Map (db m59900) HM
76California, Orange County, Costa Mesa — Model Drug Store 1928(c)
On Newport Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
Costa Mesa Historical Site Costa Mesa Model Drug Store 1928(c)Map (db m59883) HM
77California, Orange County, Costa Mesa — Ozment General Store & Post Office 1908(c)
On Newport Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
Costa Mesa Historical Site Costa Mesa Ozment General Store & Post Office 1908(c)Map (db m59876) HM
78California, Orange County, Costa Mesa — Pennant Bakery 1925(c)
On Newport Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
Costa Mesa Historical Site Costa Mesa Pennant Bakery 1925(c)Map (db m59898) HM
79California, Orange County, Costa Mesa — Pink's Drugs 1933(c)
On Newport Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
Costa Mesa Historical Site Costa Mesa Pink's Drugs 1933(c)Map (db m59890) HM
80California, Orange County, Costa Mesa — Post Office 1925(c)
On Newport Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
Costa Mesa Historical Site Costa Mesa Post Office 1925(c)Map (db m59884) HM
81California, Orange County, Costa Mesa — Safeway Store 1929(c)
On Newport Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
Costa Mesa Historical Site Costa Mesa Safeway Store 1929(c)Map (db m59901) HM
82California, Orange County, Costa Mesa — 16 — Santa Ana Army Air Base SiteMemorial Garden — Established 1954 —
On Fair Drive.
The Air Base was one of the largest of its kind in the nation. It was activated in February of 1942. Pilots trained here for Europe and the Pacific during World War II.Map (db m58598) HM
83California, Orange County, Costa Mesa — TeWinkle Hardware 1922(c)
On Newport Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
Costa Mesa Historical Site Costa Mesa TeWinkle Hardware 1922(c)Map (db m59887) HM
84California, Orange County, Costa Mesa — 138-5 — The Diego Sepulveda Adobe
Near Adams Avenue at Mesa Verde Drive West.
This adobe building was constructed about 1820 as part of an outlying mission stock headquarters to shelter the herdsmen who cared for the cattle from Mission San Juan Capistrano. After secularization, the property continued as a cattle ranch . . . Map (db m79043) HM
85California, Orange County, Costa Mesa — Wayside Market 1920(c)
On Newport Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
Costa Mesa Historical Site Costa Mesa Wayside Market 1920(c)Map (db m59885) HM
86California, Orange County, Coto de Caza — Ranchos of Orange County
Near Oso Parkway at South Bend Road when traveling north.
During the Spanish and Mexican rule of California, the governors encouraged the settlement of the territory by establishing large land grants. Many of these were later turned into Ranchos that were devoted to raising cattle and sheep. Orange . . . Map (db m188705) HM
87California, Orange County, Coto de Caza — Who Made This Wagon?
Near Oso Parkway.
It was determined that this type of wagon was built by the Studebaker Brothers. They founded one of the world's oldest vehicle-manufacturing companies. Two of the founders and presidents were Clement (1831-1901) and John Mohler Studebaker . . . Map (db m188708) HM
88California, Orange County, Cypress — “Big Red Cars”of the Pacific Electric Railway
On Lincoln Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
For more than half a century, the Pacific Electric Railway served Southern California. The system was established by Henry Huntington in 1895 and linked Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties with over 1,000 miles of service and . . . Map (db m101467) HM
89California, Orange County, Cypress — “Big Red Cars”of the Pacific Electric Railway
On Moody Street, on the right when traveling south.
For more than half a century, the Pacific Electric Railway served Southern California. The system was established by Henry Huntington in 1895 and linked Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties with over 1,000 miles of service and . . . Map (db m101468) HM
90California, Orange County, Cypress — “Big Red Cars”of the Pacific Electric Railway
On Valley View Street, on the right when traveling north. Reported missing.
For more than half a century, the Pacific Electric Railway served Southern California. The system was established by Henry Huntington in 1895 and linked Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties with over 1,000 miles of service and . . . Map (db m101469) HM
91California, Orange County, Cypress — Challenger Crew
Near Orange Avenue.
In living memory of the Challenger Crew who perished January 28, 1986Map (db m195334) HM
92California, Orange County, Cypress — Cypress Police MemorialSergant Donald J. Sowma — April 14, 1932 - November 19, 1976 —
Near Orange Avenue.
This Police Memorial is dedicated to the Cypress Police Officers who gave their lives in the line of duty protecting the citizens of Cypress, May their memory and sacrifice never be forgotten. SERGEANT DONALD J. SOWMA April 14, 1932 - . . . Map (db m195337) HM WM
93California, Orange County, Cypress — The Freedom TreeSpec 4 David Munoz
Near Orange Avenue.
The Freedom Tree With the vision of Universal Freedom for all Mankind This tree is dedicated to Spec 4 David Munoz And all prisoners of war and missing in action 1973Map (db m195333) WM
94California, Orange County, Dana Point — Auditorium
On Del Prado Avenue (California Route 1A), on the right when traveling west.
The original Dana Point Community Center is pictured with the Woodruff Sales staff and prospective buyers in front. Built for Sidney H. Woodruff, the auditorium was used for his headquarters and for community events and large sales promotions where . . . Map (db m189518) HM
95California, Orange County, Dana Point — Bruce Brown (1937-2017)Surf Filmmaker
On Pacific Coast Highway (California Route 1) south of Del Obispo Street, on the right when traveling north.
Best known for his documentary, The Endless Summer, Dana Point resident Bruce Brown was one of surfing's first filmmakers. His work buoyed surfing's image. Brown understood how to make surf films because he was an avid surfer. When he wasn't . . . Map (db m189512) HM
96California, Orange County, Dana Point — California's Highway 1Pacific Coast Highway
On Pacific Coast Highway (California Route 1) west of Doheny Park, on the right when traveling west.
The Most Beautiful Drive in America California's fabled road begins here in Dana Point and winds north along the scenic California coast linking waterside destinations, secluded stretches, and California's biggest cities. The road ends near . . . Map (db m183015) HM
97California, Orange County, Dana Point — Dana Point
On Pacific Coast Highway (California Route 1) at Del Obispo Street, on the right when traveling west on Pacific Coast Highway.
Where Richard Henry Dana Jr. threw the hides purchased at the old mission to the beach below to be loaded and shipped to Boston nearly a hundred years ago.Map (db m189509) HM
98California, Orange County, Dana Point — 189 — Dana Point
On Street of the Blue Lantern south of Santa Clara Avenue.
Named for Richard Henry Dana, author of "Two Years Before the Mast", who visited here in 1835. El Embarcadero, the cove below, was used by hide vessels trading with Mission San Juan Capistrano. This trade reached its peak in 1830-1840. In 1818 . . . Map (db m149479) HM
99California, Orange County, Dana Point — 189 — Dana Point← 2 Miles
On Pacific Coast Highway (California Route 1) north of Palisades Drive, on the right when traveling north.
Named for Richard Henry Dana. Described in his book "Two Years Before the Mast" as the most romantic California spot. In the glamorous days of the Ranchos, 1830-1840, Yankee vessels traded supplies for hides here.Map (db m188539) HM
100California, Orange County, Dana Point — 53 — Dana Point Elevator
On Dana Point Harbor Drive, 0.1 miles west of Island Way, on the right when traveling west.
This structure was built in 1930 to provide access to a pocket beach for the Dana Point Inn, intended to be built above on the bluff's edge. The doorway provided entry for a 165-foot-long tunnel to an elevator, which was to take guests 135 feet . . . Map (db m154101) HM

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Feb. 7, 2023