Orange County (Then and Now)
Orange County (Then and Now)
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Orange County was created in 1889. Soon, wilderness evolved into farmlands and communities supported by a year-round harvest of Valencia oranges, lemons, avocados, walnuts, and more. In the 1950s, aerospace and industry expanded here, and today the county boasts more than three million people. This collection features side-by-side historic comparisons of many local institutions, from orange groves to beaches to Disneyland.
head off, shall we? Let’s go see how Orange County was back then. And of course, how it is now. CHAPTER 1 NORTH ORANGE COUNTY This image shows the cast of the show The Streets of New York from the introductory season of the Bird Cage Theatre at Knott’s Berry Farm in 1954. The theater, which still stands but is only used sporadically, was created as a replica of the historic Bird Cage Theatre in Tombstone, Arizona. (Then photograph courtesy of the Orange County Archives.) In the 1920s, Walter
into the Enchanted Village theme park, thanks to new ownership. Today the site, located off Knott Avenue, is a corporate park and no trace of the attraction remains. This is near the intersection of Jacaranda Place and Highland Avenue, a charming residential street in Fullerton. The then image shows the area in 1938, and today the houses and even the old-fashioned streetlamps remain just as they did back then, a rarity in Orange County, where many residential streets have been redeveloped. (Then
many of the original buildings remain, though the businesses have changed. This is Santa Ana City Hall, located at the corner of Third and Main Streets in Santa Ana. It was built in 1935, and this particular city hall replaced one that had been constructed on the same corner in 1904 and was severely damaged in the 1933 Long Beach earthquake. Today little has changed, as the building has been completely preserved since 1935. This is the Orange County Courthouse at 211 West Santa Ana Boulevard.
Avenue and Irvine Boulevard in Tustin, both today and around 1960. The city of Tustin was established as a real estate venture by a Petaluma carriage maker named Columbus Tustin. He and his partner, Nelson O. Stafford, bought about 1,300 acres of the Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana in 1868 when the old Spanish land grant was being partitioned. In the now image, it is easy to see how the area has become more developed since 1960. (Then photograph courtesy of the Orange County Archives.) In the then
that it means things have been preserved, but a book full of images that look the same would be boring—exhilarating from a preservationist’s point of view (and I am a preservationist at heart) but as a book, dull. Second are the sites that have changed partially—altered and developed enough so that it’s like a game to figure out what is the same and what has changed. Visually these may be the most appealing photographs. Third are the sites that have changed radically, where today there is an