Friday, April 11, 2008

Red cars, trains, Irvine Ranch, Old Courthouse, etc.

Today's image is a map of the Pacific Electric Railway system. Can you identify the year it was printed? (Click map to enlarge.)
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Speaking of trains, the Orange Empire Railway Museum's annual Spring Rail Festival will be held April 26-27. Visitors will get the chance to ride in and admire a wide variety of historic trains and trolleys.
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The O.C. Historical Commission and OC Parks will present "A Day at the Ranch" -- a historical fair and exhibition at the new Irvine Ranch Historic Park and Katie Wheeler Library, on May 22, 9:30am-1pm. The event will include a tour of the library and park. For more information, see the PDF flyer for this event.
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With Rob Selway now retired, Griselda Castillo has been put in charge of the Old Orange County Courthouse as well as some of Rob's other former duties. We wish her the best of luck and hope that those rowdy tennants in the basement don't give her too much trouble.

8 comments:

colonyrabble said...

Cool. So 2 questions: A) who do we talk to about giving Griselda the job permanently? She was doing it anyway. and B) when does the County figure out that an awful lot of people are gainfully employed on Thursdays and cannot make the event? I have the luxury of being able to pad my schedule for the tour, but I know a lot of folks who will be frustrated that they cannot. Including the blogmeister, huh? Nobody to cover the basement. Grump, grump, grump.

Anonymous said...

The P.E. map looks to be from the late 1920's. Here's a trivia question about the Cooks Corner photo. What was the squiggly line painted on the road used for?

colony rabble said...

I was wondering about that myself. Looked to me like the painting crew enjoy an adult beverage or two for lunch, except the sqiggles appear deliberate. What IS that?

Chris Jepsen said...

Yes, the squiggle was painted deliberatly. In fact, these squiggles were quite common. They signal the driver to do something. Any guesses? :-)

Anonymous said...

Ahhh, we're getting warmer....!

ockid said...

I believe the squiggles were an old way to alert drivers that they were approaching a stop sign.

Amtraker-Mike said...

I remember seeing those white squiggly lines when I was a kid. I believe it meant Curves Ahead. Most often I saw them on steep hills with blind curves and also on roads where fog was common. My Dad used to joke that it meant to drive the car swerving back and forth.

Chris Jepsen said...

ockid was right. The wavy line means to slow down because you're coming to an intersection or some other stop.