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The Register looks at Los Alamitos in 1930

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December 13, 2015
The Register looks at Los Alamitos in 1930

The Feb. 19, 1930 issue of the Santa Ana Register, celebrating the paper’s 25 anniversary, featured pages dedicated to each Orange County community.  Los Alamitos had a full page of stories focused on the town’s growth. In one story we learn that City Garden Acres (now Apartment Row) began as a subdivision developed by...
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Which Heads of State have visited the West OC?

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December 13, 2015
Which Heads of State have visited the West OC?

What royalty or heads of state have graced the West OC/East LB area with their presence?  It seems to not be a very long list. In 1915 former US President William Howard Taft repaid a political favor to Phillip A. Stanton (who as speaker of the California Assembly in 1909 derailed some anti-Japanese legislation...
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Los Alamitos once aspired to be local center of “rabbit and poultry industry” and ended up as Apartment Row

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December 13, 2015
Los Alamitos once aspired to be local center of “rabbit and poultry industry” and ended up as Apartment Row

When the local sugar beet factory shut down in 1926, the community scrambled to find new industries and jobs to keep the local population working and profitable. In the newest part of the city was a tract called City Garden Acres (now Apartment Row), located south of town between Katella and Farqhuar and east...
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Seal Beach is a town of “firsts”

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December 7, 2015
Seal Beach is a town of “firsts”

With the Santa Ana and Irvine-centric bias (not to mention the Disneyland fanboy-ism) of the mainstream Orange County Historical Establishment, accomplishments in our little corner of the word often gets overlooked, especially when it comes to being included in lists of Orange County “firsts.”  So we felt compelled to attempt to set the record...
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Stuff Filmed/Taped Around Here (Los Al, Rossmoor, SB, East LB and Cypress too)

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December 4, 2015
Stuff Filmed/Taped Around Here (Los Al, Rossmoor, SB, East LB and Cypress too)

NOTE:  Okay, this will be a work in progress, but we’ve got to start somewhere.  If you have information to add, please do. Since we are right on the edge of but still within Hollywood’s Thirty-Mile Zone (the TMZ, hence the name of the TV news show) , the Seal Beach-Los Alamitos-Rossmoor area sees...
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The old Eucalyptus groves that once stood here

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December 4, 2015
The old Eucalyptus groves that once stood here

For all of you who nostalgically remember the larger groves of Eucalyptus trees that once stood in this area — in particular near Gum Grove Park and by the Old Ranch Country Club — there is an interesting discussion going on at the Orange County History Facebook site. Also, Nathan Masters, the bard of...
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Griffins Grill Moves Forward with eye on the past

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November 18, 2015
Griffins Grill Moves Forward with eye on the past

Trying to resurrect the crowds and action that was not be found during the short history of The Pike, Griffins Grill opened on Monday, November 16 and seems to be successfully winning back the crowds that once swarmed to Mr. B’s Casa Catillo before that. This is actually the 5th restaurant to occupy this...
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New books on Los Al-Rossmoor and Seal Beach History

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February 20, 2015
New books on Los Al-Rossmoor and Seal Beach History

Here are two books that cover the local history of two communities. SEAL BEACH:  A BRIEF HISTORY by Larry Strawther — History Press $17.99 The wooden pier, tree-lined Main Street and ocean views, coupled with a prosperous and happy community, led Forbes magazine to name Seal Beach one of the five friendliest towns in...
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The official act creating Anaheim Landing

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April 28, 2014
The official act creating Anaheim Landing

Because we’ve been doing some research for its 150th anniversary, we’ve been on a bit of an Anaheim Landing kick lately.  Orange County’s first port was officially founded in 1864 although fishermen and even the US Army had used the area before that, but not apparently on a permanent, lasting basis. As one might...
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1878 – Early Anaheim Landing – as seen by a Future Nobel Prize-winning author

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April 22, 2014

As we have pointed out in other barely read missives, Anaheim Landing is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year — making it (and thus Seal Beach) Orange County’s second oldest community — behind only the Mother Colony herself, Anaheim. There are actually plenty of descriptions about the Landing’s early days — most are newspaper...
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