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When I first started this site in 1998, there were very few websites
describing the history of Orange County and its Cities. Since then, the
majority of Cities and Historical Societies are now online, with most
including some of their city's history on their website. This page links
a good number of sites that may be of interest to those wishing to learn
more about Orange County history. If you have a link that I seemed to
have missed, please send me an
email so I can update this file.
- Orange County and its Cities
County History, an official account by the County.
- Orange County
Archives, the offical historical repository of the County.
- OC Then, another History of Orange County site, includes good stories and other information.
History Roundup, blog of Chris Jepson, with regular new historical
information about county history.
- Natural History of Orange County,
with information about biodiversity and other interesting facts.
- Historic Anaheim, great site with wonderful
information about Orange County's first city, including links.
- Balboa Island, in
the City of Newport Beach.
- Balboa Pavilion History, a detailed account of
the historic structure, constructed in 1905. Also has a great collection
of historical photos of the Pavilion.
- Brea City History, by the Brea
Chamber of Commerce.
- Brea - Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, presented
by the City of Brea.
- Buena Park Historical Society, has interesting information
about historic parks and areas in Buena Park.
- Buena Park History, presented by the City of
- Costa Mesa History, a very
detailed account of Costa Mesa's unique history.
- Cypress History, presented by the City of Cypress
and includes numerous historical pictures.
- Fullteron History and Historic Places,
including information about historical places.
- History of Garden Grove, by the City of Garden Grove.
- Huntington Beach History, multiple
stories about HB history.
- Huntington Beach History, the official HB site
with history and historical pictures.
- Huntington Beach Historical Society, featuring
the Newland House Museum.
- James Irvine: History, from the Irvine Foundation website, with information about his life and the foundation.
- Irvine City History, presented by the City of
- Historic Laguna Beach, from the Visitors
- Laguna Beach Historic Pictures
- La Habra History.
- La Palma History, presented by the City of La
- Laguna Hills History, presented by the City of
- Laguna Woods History, tracing the history of the
new city's formation.
- Laguna Niguel History and Statistics
- History of Los
Alamitos, Los Al's history from pre-Spanish to the modern era.
- Mission Viejo History, presented by the City of
- Olive Through The Ages, an excellent historical
site about the small community of Olive in Northern Orange County.
- City of Orange History.
- Placentia's History
- San Clemente History.
- Historical San Clemente Slide Show
- San Juan Capistrano Mission,
facts and information about visiting the mission and history of SJC.
- History and Mystery of San Juan Capistrano
Juan Capistrano Historical Society
- Santa Ana Historic Preservation Society,
a worthy organization that includes articles on Santa Ana History and information on touring
historic places in Santa Ana.
- Stanton History, by the City of
- Tustin History, presented by the City of Tustin.
- Tustin Area Historical Society
- Villa Park History and Profile
- Westminster History, presented by the City of
- Yorba Linda History, presented by the
Yorba Linda Public Library and includes interesting historical pictures
- History of the Canyons, including Silverado
Canyon, Modjeska Canyon, and Trabuco Canyon.
- Other History Resources
- Orange County Historical Society, OC's historical
society now has its own informative website with excellent resources about
- California Historical Society, has a newly redesigned website with excellent exhibits and information about California history in general.
- California History Online, presented by the California Historical Society, provides a timeline and articles of important developments in California History.
- Conference of California Historical Societies, a federation of historical societies, museums, libraries, and other history-oriented groups and individuals. Interesting site with extensive links to other historical societies throughout the State.
- California History and Culture Homepage:
California State's page with links concerning California's history - Find the link on the left of the main homepage.
- California Missions website, includes a
clickable map that will lead you to more information about that mission.
- American Local History Network,
with information on most all local counties/cities histories.
County Annual Survey, conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, reviews the mood, trends, and other issues of Orange County.
Also includes the Annual Surveys from the past three years. Very interesting, concise, and
a good way to get to know Orange County a little better.
vfor Demographic Research, at CSU Fullerton, with excellent
about the county.
- At LA's History Page, from where I got most
of these links, has much more pertaining to the history of the Greater LA area.
- CSU Northridge's Center for Southern California
Studies, for you researchers that want some more information about Southern California.
- Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace located
in Yorba Linda, California.
- Bowers Museum of
Cultural Art, located in Santa Ana, California, with information about current exhibits and other useful information.
Arboretum Museum, featuring the OC Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage
- Orange County Genealogy
website, a site with resources to help find one's ancestors in Orange County and additional articles on Orange County history.
- Los Angeles Genealogy website,
for those interested in genealogy in the Los Angeles County region.
- Civil War Round Table of Orange County has a listing of Civil War veterans buried in Orange County and other historical information relating to the Civil War.
Fullerton Theatre, a site dedicated to the history and preservation of
the historic Fox Theatre in Fullerton.
- Juaneno Band of
Mission Indians, the first residents of OC.
- OC Mexican-American
- Related Newspaper Articles
- Orange County Rail History, by Geoff Boucher of the
LA Times, describing Orange County's railroad past,
present, and future.
- Fate of Old Rail Tracks in OC, by Greg Hernandez of the
LA Times, details what the OCTA is planning to do with
the 12-mile stretch of land that used to be the route of the Pacific Electric Railway from
Los Angeles to Santa Ana.
- Completion of the Eastern Transportation Corridor, by Megan Garvey of the LA Times, describes the building and
concept of the toll road in Orange County, and has some excellent graphics in pdf format.
- Young Towns, Rich History, by Robert Ourlian of the
LA Times, writes about the opening of the Dana
Point Historical Museum and the rich history South County cities have despite being
very young in age.
- Asian Refugees' Saga Can Bring Us All Closer, by
LA Times Columnist Jerry Hicks, about a UCI
exhibition on the history of Southeast Asian refugees in Orange County. Hicks writes,
"You cannot study the history of change in Orange County from 1975 through the early 1980s without including the refugees' story."
- Freeways and Highway Links
- CalTrans District 12, serving Orange County.
Check this site out for updates on road closures and ongoing construction on Orange
- Orange County Transportation Authority, in charge of not only
the transit system, but also planning, serving as the County's Regional Transportation Planning Agency among other things.
They do very interesting stuff, such as manage the Measure M transportation sales tax measure. It is my dream to be able
to work for OCTA, with a nice office overlooking the Orange Crush... if
you are the HR director at OCTA, hire
me! I do Planning and Programming, among other things!
- Transportation Corridor Agencies, in charge
of the Toll Roads in Orange County including the San Joaquin Hills, Foothill, and Eastern
- AboutVia, forerly ViaGuide and Freeway Entrance, somewhat
Yahoo-esque links page to other pages relating to Freeways, Bridges, Tunnels, Roads,
Signs, etc., throughout the world. An excellent site to visit!
- Historical Highways by Mike
Ballard, with great tidbits about the Santa Clarita/Antelope Valleys. Great stuff about
the Ridge Route, US-99, US-6, etc.
- Historical US Highways in California by Casey
Cooper, has some very interesting information on old US Highways like US-101, US-66, etc.
- California Highways Homepage by Daniel
Faigin, probably one of my favorites. It covers a good amount about Interstates
as well as State Routes, their histories, and other interesting information.
- Highway Signs by James Lin, pictures
and other information about road signs throughout the country and certain parts of the
- Kurumi's Signmaker to
make your own road signs! Really lots of fun to play with, uses Java.
- Road Map Collectors of America, a group dedicated
to the trade and collection of historical Road Maps, with links and information
on how to join.
Coming Soon: I think I will do a page specifically dedicated to Orange County Highways
and Freeways in the near future. I am currently compiling information from issues of California Highways (the old CalTrans published magazine which ran until 1967).
Created by Kenneth Kao
on Thursday, December 17, 1998, Berkeley, CA 94720.