Here's a recent photo I took of the Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano with one of the El Camino Real bells in the foreground. The plaque at the base of the bell doesn't indicate the year it was placed, but it does show that it was "donated by the CFWC [California Federation of Women's Clubs], California Juniors, Orange District," apparently in conjunction with the Automobile Club of Southern California.
Just before midnight, our Orange County History group on Flickr acquired its 200th member! If you ever photograph historic spots around Orange County, or if you have old photos or postcards of O.C. you could scan, or if you just want to look at other people's cool historically-related photos, come on over and click "Join This Group." (For the record, our 200th member was "Pixel Packing Mama" of Corvallis, Oregon, who also added the 3,273rd photo to the group.)
Speaking of local history online, my thanks to all of you who have read this blog throughout the year. And extra special thanks to those who comment or send me the occasional email. The busy stat counter should be enough to encourage me to keep blogging, but it's the personal interaction that really makes it worthwhile.
So thanks again. And may your 2011 be better than your 2010.