Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The Greek, Nixon, mining, Crystal Cove & Orange

Today's image shows Bob "The Greek" Bolen's surf shop on Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach in the 1960s. Bolen grew up surfing in Orange County, and in 1960 opened his shop, where he created and sold surfboards. The shop closed in 1980. These days he sells real estate. His office, at 322 Main St, in Huntington Beach, also features a small "Surfboard Museum." The photo above came from the Huntington Beach Historic Resources Board.
The Research Room at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda will reopen with service on the Nixon Presidential materials on Thursday, July 1.
The Orange County Local News Network (OCLNN) just ran a story about the history of mining in Orange County. They essentially quoted me correctly when I described our local mineral deposits: “There’s a little bit of everything in the Santa Ana Mountains, but not enough [of any one thing] for it to pay.” I was quoting Phil Brigandi. (...who may have, in turn, been quoting Jim Sleeper?) However, I didn't say that "the county’s mining boom was short-lived because the local bedrock is so fractured that valuable ores are difficult to find." I hope that statement is true, so I can seem smarter than I really am.
Laura Davick, founder of the Crystal Cove Alliance, will hold a tour of the historic Crystal Cove District and Cottages on May 8, 10am-noon. (Tours are held on the second Saturday of each month.) Park at Los Trancos parking lot off PCH between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. The 2-hour walking tour will leave from this lot at 10am. There will also be a book signing and a plein air painting demonstration. The tour is free, but parking is $10.
The Orange Community Historical Society will offer a walking tour of historic Downtown Orange on May 8, beginning at the Orange Main Library & History Center, 407 E. Chapman Ave., at 10am. These tours are held on the second Saturday of most months.

1 comment:

Connie Moreno said...

You post such a great assortment of information!