Monday, June 01, 2009

Villa Park, December 1965

All three of today's images show Villa Park in December 1965, and come from the Orange County Archives. The first image (above) shows Bruno's Villa Park Market near Wanda Rd. and the railroad tracks.
Here's Villa Park High School in its second year of existance. Sorry about the obstruction in the foreground, but I know our Spartan friends (know to their rivals as "the weenies on the hill") will appreciate this photo anyway.
Here's a packing house adjacent to Wanda Rd. There was still enough citrus to keep the packers busy, but notice the sign pointing toward a new development called "Oakwood Park." If Mid-Century Orange County had a theme, it was "agriculture giving way to suburbia."


Anonymous said...

Does anyone know about the house that was located on what was Katella Elementary, now the OUSD offices. It was there when I went to school at Katella from 1964 - 1966. It faced Katella and had big trees around it. I recall that it had a large octagonal turret-like structure on the roof.
I think about that house every time I pass that way. Brings back memories.

Douglas Westfall said...

Yes, that was the Octagon house, built such so that 'spirits' could not hide in the corners. It was constructed by Joel Parker in 1876 and torn down in 1965 by the school district because of taxes.