Saturday, April 19, 2008

San Juan Capistrano, city directories & Brigandi

Although it's the oldest community in Orange County, San Juan Capistrano did not officially become a city until 1961. In fact, today is the 47 anniversary of that event. Today's photo shows what the city looked like at about that point in time. The photographer was standing near the entrance of the Mission. (Sorry the colors are a bit skewed.)
The Fullerton Public Library is now working on a web site interface that will allow people to search old city directories online. This is going to be really cool and really useful, once it's completed. Great idea, guys!
Phil Brigandi will discuss his latest book, Orange County Place Names A to Z at Monday's meeting of the Tustin Area Historical Society. The meeting will begin at 7:30 at the Senior Center, 200 S. "C" Street, Tustin.


itsnotaplace said...

That is really cool that The Fullerton Library is putting the old directories online and making them searchable! Do you know if they are Fullerton area directories only... or county-wide directories?

Chris Jepsen said...

The details I got (from Heritage Coordinating Council minutes) were sketchy. It sounds like at least northern Orange County (which used to mean everything north of Katella) will be included, but I don't know about the rest. I guess we'll find out.