Today's photo is an April 1956 aerial view of the Skate Ranch in Santa Ana. As I understand it, chickens used to wander around the grounds. To read and share memories of the Skate Ranch, visit this thread at OCThen.com.
A book on the history and families of Santa Ana's Logan Barrio will be published in late September - in time for this year's Logan Reunion. Titled Santa Ana's Logan Barrio: Its History, Stories, and Families, the book will include many vintage family photos as well as stories and remembrances of many of the early families of the neighborhood. Local author Mary Garcia grew up in Logan and for the last few years has created a reunion memory book for the benefit of residents and those who grew up there. The Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society is publishing the expanded edition as part of its local history series. The book will be available at the reunion and through the Society.
The City of San Clemente recently received a Preserve America grant for $30,000 to pay for signs, kiosks and maps to showcase the community's historic landmarks. The city itself will match these funds with an additional $30,000 for the project.
The Santa Ana Black Historical Society has started a website. There's not much information there yet, but hopefully it will grow. I'll add it to the links column at right.