Today's photo was taken Aug. 20, 1890, at the Santa Ana River near Newport Beach. James and Robert McFadden (with contractor Joseph Bright on the left) are watching their Santa Ana Rail Road being built. Once completed, the line brought frieght from the landing at Newport Beach into Santa Ana. Today, Hoag Hospital sits on the hill behind the pile driver. (Some background info from Donaldson & Myer's excellent book, Rails Through the Orange Groves, Vol. 1)
There are currently two vacancies on the Orange County Historical Commission: One in the 5th Supervisorial District and another in the 3rd. The new opening in the 5th is to replace Don Tryon of San Juan Capistrano.
Several people have sent me links to this article about preservation and the fate of an old Mid-Century Modern coffee shop in Seattle. Although non-O.C., I present this story to you in the spirit of "learning from others." Besides, you preservationists out there will love the irony.
Today in O.C. History: On Jan. 15, 1859, the Los Angeles Vinyard Society selected a name for their new colony: Anaheim. The name combines "Ana" (from the nearby river), and "Heim," which means "home" in German.