Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Irvine Park, Knott's, Huntington Center, and books

Here's an interior view of the 1914 boathouse at Irvine Park. You can see where the rowboat-shaped slips have been modified to fit the peddle-car-raft-thingies. Most of the structure and concrete seems to be original, as do the rings used to tie down the boats -- one of which is shown below. For exterior before-and-after views of the boathouse, see my related post from 2008.
Some time ago, I posted links to video and photos of the historical tour of Knott's Berry Farm that I helped Phil Brigandi conduct back in April. Another video (this time from Mark Eades at the Register) has just turned up online, in case you missed the others.
Pleasant Family Shopping recently covered the 1966 Montgomery Ward store at Huntington Center. I understand that Costco may be coming to that location soon, so if you want photos of the Wards ruins, go now.
O.C. has a new used book store: Copper Penny Books is at 649 W. Imperial Highway Suite J., in Brea. They moved here from Diamond Bar. For information, call 714-990-2033. Here's hoping they have a local history section.


Connie Moreno said...

WAIT!!! The original building is STILL in Irving Park??? Holy cow, I have to find this place. I live in Irvine and I have no idea where this is!

Chris Jepsen said...

You can definitely make a whole day (or more) out of a trip to Irvine Park. Go for a hike in the undeveloped parts, see the Orange County Zoo, ride the miniature railroad, stop for an ice cream bar, see the historic WPA structures including the Nature Center, etc. See http://www.ocparks.com/irvinepark/

Connie Moreno said...

Wow, thanks for the link, Chris!!

douglas mcintosh said...

My friend Diane in HB, reported yesterday that the Wards Building was finally being demolished.
You could stop by and pick up a souvenir...
Always change in OC.

Chris Jepsen said...

@Doug: Thanks for the tip. That wouldn't be Diane Ryan, would it?

DSMc. said...

Diane V. Allison
Should refuses to leave HB.
A 1984 HBHS grad.