Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Ghosts of Capistrano, devil winds, and Tustin

Meet the ghosts of California's "most haunted city," San Juan Capistrano, in this article by local historian Pamela Hallan-Gibson. The photo above is a view of Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano, around 1920.
The Tustin Preservation Conservancy will hold a meet and greet" at Quinn's Old Town Grill, 405 El Camino Real, Thursday, 4-7pm. If you'd like to learn more about efforts to preserve Old Town Tustin, please attend this free event.
There has long been controversy over the source of the phrase “Santa Ana winds.” Did the name derive from the word “santana” (devil) – which certainly seems appropriate for these hellish winds – or from the Santa Ana Canyon through which they blow? Either way, historian Jim Sleeper suggests that the citizens of Anaheim probably encouraged the term's use, since it seemed to link their long-standing rival (the City of Santa Ana) to a universally-hated weather phenomenon. Indeed, the first printed reference to “Santa Ana winds” appeared in the April 12, 1873 issue of the Anaheim Gazette. But the name stuck for good in 1903 when the U.S. Weather Bureau identified the wind as a “Santa Ana” in a book entitled Climatology of California. [Note: See follow-up post for additional information/clarification.]
October is California Archives Month. Have you hugged your local archivist today?


Steve Johnson said...

I don't know about a hug, but if we ever get together I'll buy you a beer!

Chris Jepsen said...

Yes, I suppose that would be more appropriate, wouldn't it? Thanks! :-)