Sunday, May 11, 2008

Costa Mesa, Anaheim, Tustin and motorcycles

On this day, in 1920, the town of Harper offically changed its name to Costa Mesa. The new name was suggested by local resident Alice Plummer, who won a $25 prize for coming up with the best name for the community. (Today's image is from an undated postcard showing Newport Blvd in Costa Mesa.)
Speaking of Costa Mesa, I recently stumbed across a really strange bit of video relating to "the history" of the Costa Mesa Speedway history. It's an episode of an Old-West-themed webcast called "The Haunted Saloon." I have no idea what cowboys have to do with motorcycle racing.
The City of Anaheim has decided to move the historic Joseph Fiscus House (1910) out of the bulldozers' path and onto a city-owned lot at 121 Stueckle Ave in the Anaheim Colony Historic District. For details, see the article in the Register.

Don't forget: The Tustin Area Historical Society's annual home and garden tour will be held May 17.

1 comment:

colony rabble said...

Actually, the reporter did not get all of the info on the Fiscus property. The "Historic Fiscus House" is technically the incredible Eley-created Mission style mansion on Broadway now owned by Sherry and Mitch Caldwell, and home to many a hootnanny attended by the blogger himself. Also the site of a fabulous dinner being sponsored by ANA and the "Fiscus house" being saved is the home of Fiscus' former ranch supervisor. Likely to be renamed something like Fiscus cottage or such when the work is done. But thanks for reporting, I will send photos of the relocation when it happens, very glad to see this one saved, it has the potential to be adorable when finished.