Fountain Valley

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Along the banks of the Santa Ana River, between the larger cities of Santa Ana to the east and Huntington Beach to the west, lies Fountain Valley, named for its abundance of natural artesian wells and once swamp-covered landscapes. Formerly a portion of the Rancho Las Bolsas land grant of the late 1700s, the area—once called Gospel Swamp and later Talbert—was known for cattle grazing, agricultural productivity, and game hunting, as well as for fiery tent-revival sermons delivered by itinerant preachers. As agrarian lands became subdivisions in the 1950s, the farmers and ranchers saw the writing on the wall for future development. In 1957, Fountain Valley incorporated, becoming the 21st city in Orange County and the county's first master-planned community. In a half century, Fountain Valley has earned recognition, nationally and internationally, as a forward-looking city.
ISBN: 9780738547459
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Daniel Aaron Gibb, a member of the Historical Society of Fountain Valley, grew up playing in the city's vast fields. He collected these vintage photographs of his hometown from many sources, including the historical society's archive, city and county files, civic groups, churches, libraries, national archives, and, most importantly, the personal collections of the valley's enduring farm families.