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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Fountain Valley

 
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Fountain Valley, California and Vicinity
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1California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 22 — "All Saints Anglican Church"
Around the turn of the 20th Century, Tom Talbert donated land and 40% toward erecting the "Country Church of Talbert". The land was later deeded to the Methodist Church. — Map (db m59490) HM
2California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 3 — Blacksmith Shops
In 1898 John Corbett opened a blacksmith shop here. It was later purchased by Charles Archer. Two other shops were located nearby. — Map (db m59054) HM
3California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 21 — Buddhist Church
Built in 1935 and dedicated in 1936. First Buddhist Church in Orange County. In 1954 the Church was moved to Stanton then moved to present location in Anaheim in 1965. — Map (db m146156) HM
4California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 18 — Callens Home
Rene and Virginie Callens came here in 1910. He developed and farmed 60 acres. Present home of son Joseph R. Callens and family. — Map (db m59757) HM
5California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 6 — Colonia Jaurez
Established in 1923 with six streets on lots sized 50 by 300. A complete community with stores, recreation facilities, and churches. (Holy Family Mission still exists). — Map (db m59056) HM
6California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 30 — Courreges Ranch
Homesite of Roch and Magdalena Mogari Courreges. Roch, a Basque sheep rancher, farmer and businessman, came to the area in 1878 and purchased "the Bluff" in 1896. He was a founder of the First National Bank of Huntington Beach, the Smeltzer . . . — Map (db m158223) HM
7California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 25, 1 — First City Hall / First School
First City Hall In the early 1960's a new Elementary School was built and the old school was used as City Hall from 1962-1964. The old school was built in 1920 First School The first school was started in Sycamore Hall during the . . . — Map (db m62269) HM
8California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 26 — Fountain Valley Drive-In
Opened on July 12, 1967 and was part of the Pacific Theater Group. The Nations largest Drive-In and it contained the only fountains in town. Demolished in 1984 — Map (db m59759) HM
9California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 20 — Gisler Home
Robert and Anna Gisler came here in 1903. On 220 acres, he started a dairy herd, cleared the land, and then farmed it. A home was built near here in 1912. — Map (db m59758) HM
10California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 27 — Helicopter Landing Pad
Navy purchased the land in 1943. Fixed wing planes used the airstrip into the 1950's. In 1952 Marine Helicopter pilots practiced take-offs and landings at this site up through the Vietnam era. — Map (db m59761) HM
11California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 7 — Helm Tract
The Helm Tract was recorded and laid out in 1923. Four streets ran north and south while Helm Street was the east - west connection. — Map (db m59738) HM
12California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 11 — Hoffman House
The Hoffman family arrived here about 1910. A son Ed and his wife Elsa were very active during the City incorporation. Many meetings and City business were conducted in their home. June 13, 1976 — Map (db m79867) HM
13California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 23 — Horse Ranch
The property was purchased by Lena and George Titus from an unknown person in 1918. It was later sold in 1945 to people that raised horses. Thus the name "Horse Ranch". — Map (db m62273) HM
14California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 15 — Ishii Home
Kyutaro Ishii, Japanese settler, came here in 1905 and by 1910 was farming 40 acres. Returned to Japan in 1912 to marry Sada. They built a home here in 1913. — Map (db m59742) HM
15California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 13 — Joint Outfall System
Created in 1923 to serve sanitation needs of Western Orange County. Reorganized into Sanitation Districts in 1954. — Map (db m62272) HM
16California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 12 — Nimocks Home
Mrs. Martha A. Nimocks built a large home here in 1934. She owned 184 acres south of the home. — Map (db m62298) HM
17California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 2, 4 & 16 — Original Circus Site / First Post Office / Country Stores
Original Circus Site The Escalante Circus placed its tent here for its annual performance. The circus parade started here, moved east to Ward, north to Warner, west to Wintersberg (now in Huntington Beach) and returned. First Post . . . — Map (db m59053) HM
18California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 28 — Rancho Lucero
In 1944, Frank and Dolores Lucero purchased 40 acres at this intersection. They previously farmed in Seal Beach. Dolores didn't want to leave the house so it was moved to this location while Dolores and a few kids were inside. — Map (db m59554) HM
19California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — School Bell
In 1900, the Wardlow Family donated one acre of farm land for a school located on this site. This bell is from the first school in Fountain Valley. — Map (db m59739) HM
20California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 17 — Section Houses
Used by Pacific Electric Railroad for track maintenance workers and their families. Equipment and supplies located nearby Freight house located across Talbert Avenue — Map (db m59488) HM
21California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 5 — Slaughter House
Talbert Meat Co. established in 1899 by August L. Martel. Later operated by Joe Betschart in the mid-thirties. — Map (db m148405) HM
22California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 19 — Talbert Drainage District
Local landowners gave Sam Talbert the job of draining "Gospel Swamp." He built a river levee, and dredged huge ditches on the east side of all major roads that ran south to the ocean. — Map (db m59489) HM
23California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 10 — Talbert Home
Sam and Hattie Talbert came here in 1897. He built a river levee and huge ditches so that the land would drain to permit regular farming. — Map (db m59740) HM
24California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 8 — The Bluff
Site of home of Roch and Magdalena Courreges who came here in 1878. He farmed 80 acres of bluff and lower land. Present Home of grandson, Joe and his Family. — Map (db m59058) HM
25California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 9, 24 — Wardlow Home / Red Car
Wardlow Home Bruce and Martha Wardlow came here in 1896. He farmed 300 acres and was very prominent in local affairs. Red Car The Santa Ana/Huntington Beach Pacific Electric Spur Line began transporting people in 1909. In 1922 the . . . — Map (db m59492) HM
 
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