Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Knott's, Little Saigon, San Clemente, Balboa, etc

Long time, no post. Sorry about the delay. It took a while to get the new computer up and working. Thankfully, it is much faster than the old one, and less prone to random crashing.

Today's photo is of Downey's first post office, which was moved to Knott's Berry Farm's Ghost Town, where it now stands near the old Kansas schoolhouse. I'm not sure whether it qualifies as part of O.C. history, but it's interesting anyway.

The San Clemente Historical Society's museum is looking for a new home now that their landlord has more than tripled the rent. If you know where they can find cheaper digs (or more donors) contact their president, Mike Cotter, at (949) 322-6009.

The Smithsonian's S. Dillon Ripley Center in Washington, DC, just opened a new exhibit entitled "Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon." It tells the story of the Vietnamese-American experience in America, and includes a lot of material relating to O.C.'s own Little Saigon. For more information, click here or here.

Mission San Juan Capistrano's West Wing and Soldier's Barracks will be closed this weekend (27th and 28th) for fumigation. The rest of the Mission will be open as usual.

The mission is also working on the preservation of the Bell Wall and South Wing, which have both had a more than a little wear and tear over the past 200-and-some-odd years. Work should be completed before the swallows come back.

This month's version of Tales of Balboa includes a short feature on The Doll House, a local hang-out that operated at 415 E. Balboa Blvd in the years after WWII.

The Tustin News recently ran an article about a WWII vet's final visit to the old Marine Corp Air Station at Tustin.

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