and Orange County History
and women of vision carved cities from Orange
County's beaches, ranchos and farmland.
county's earliest settlement, Mission San Juan
Capistrano, was founded in 1776. The mission eventually
added commerce, trading locally prepared hides
and tallow for books, furniture and other supplies
from the East Coast.
entrepreneurs who followed saw riches in Orange
County's good soil, wide expanses of range and
pristine beaches. Settlers and farmers built homes,
churches and schools - the foundation of 27 cities
first cities - Anaheim, Santa Ana and Orange,
incorporated between 1876 and 1888.W.H. Spurgeon
investigated the area, bought 74 acres and laid
out what would become the town center of Santa
Ana, selling downtown lots to investors for $15
each in 1870. Two lawyers, Alfred Beck Chapman
and Andrew Glassell, took 1,385 acres of land
in lieu of a legal fee and turned it into a town
originally called Richland, then renamed Orange.
The town soon became a fruit packing and shipping