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Located in the heart of Orange County, the City of Orange has a rich history in the citrus industry and beyond. Founded in 1871 as an agricultural community, the town flourished with the growth of orange and lemon trees in the early 1900s. Downtown Orange grew up around the iconic plaza, with its distinctive circular park and classic fountain. The surrounding neighborhoods filled with homes that reflected architectural styles from the 1880s to the 1940s. As late as 1950, Orange was still just a little town of 10,000 people. Despite the enormous postwar residential growth throughout the county and a tenfold population explosion in the city itself, the community has retained much of the small-town feel of yesteryear.
ISBN: 9780738559056
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Noted local historian Phil Brigandi is a native of Orange and has been researching the history of his hometown since 1975. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Orange: The City 'Round the Plaza, the first full-length history of Orange, and Orange County Place Names A to Z. This latest book features rare vintage images from the early years of Orange, gathered from more than a dozen public and private collections, including the author's own files.
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