Friday, May 04, 2007

Cowboys, Knott's, H.B., Rossmoor & Mao-sketeers

Today's photo shows cowboys branding cattle on the Moulton Ranch (in what is now Aliso Viejo) in 1913. (Photo courtesy O.C. Archives.)

Over at Greetings from Downtown Huntington Beach, I just posted a short bio of the late George Arnold -- Perpetual H.B. City Council candidate and rabblerouser.
Christopher Merritt will give a slide lecture on the history of Knott's Berry Farm before the Crescenta Valley Historical Society, May 21, 7pm, at the La Cresenta Valley Church of Religious Science. It's one heckuva drive in rush hour traffic, but I'm going to try to be there. Meanwhile, Chris' book, "Knott's Preserves" is finally nearing completion.

On a related note, Christeen Taniguchi will speak on the subject of O.C.'s programmatic and roadside architecture (with an emphasis on Hobby City and Knott's Berry Farm) at this weekend's California Preservation Foundation conference at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. If you're going to this confab, be sure to check the schedule.
The community of Rossmoor is throwing a big 50th anniversary party this weekend.
Also, the Register ran another article about the demise of the Port Theater in Corona del Mar.
The Garden Grove Historical Society will hold a "Book & Barn Sale," May 31 to June 2, 9am-4pm, at 12174 Euclid Ave.

Plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery. First, China built its own Orange County and now this... Cory at BoingBoing writes, "Shijingshan Amusement Park in Beijing is basically a weird, Chinese clone of Disneyland. Japanese bloggers have blogged a bunch of photos of the park and its characters." Weird.

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