Friday, March 30, 2012

Disneyland, hiking Olinda, the Maag House, etc.

Here's the Disneyland-Alweg Monorail swooping over the Disneyland Hotel parking lot, in the 1960s. (I'm sure you car fanatics already have the date figured out down to the month.) Don Ballard's first book about this place, Disneyland Hotel: The Early Years, 1954-1988, has just been reprinted. Often such one-man's-quest/self-published books end up rotting forlornly in their authors' garden sheds. But this reprint is a real testament to a beautiful and well-researched book that's contagious in its appeal. If you weren't interested in the subject when you picked up the book, just give it a few pages. (He also has a sequel out now, which I unfortunately haven't seen yet.)

Join the Orange County Historical Society on its second "History Hike" on April 15th, at 9am. This time, our hike leaders and historians will take us through the historic oil fields and vanished town of Olinda, near Brea. For some reason, the event isn't on the Society's website yet, but the chair of the Society's hike committee, has the information posted on her blog. The hike will also include a visit to the Olinda Oil Museum, which I wrote about when it opened four years ago. The photo below shows a scene of Downtown Olinda in about 1920.
The Heritage Museum of Orange County (the Kellogg House people) have a shiny new Flickr account, and it looks like our friend Jason Smith is filling it up with interesting photos and other materials from their collection. The photo below shows the Maag House in its original location (now part of Fairhaven Cemetery) around 1900. The house is now on the grounds of the museum.
And don't forget,... There's a whole Orange County History group on Flickr that always seems to have new and interesting things being added by its over 250 members. Check it out, or join and add your own photos!


Anonymous said...

Car fanatics indeed. I'm putting that photo somewhere in the 63-65 time frame based on the newest car I see in the lot. That would make it about 2-4 years just before I began my first real (taxed) job as a bussboy at the Gourmet restaurant in the background. I'd like to say I have some great memories of that but it really was a pretty crappy job. It did put gas in my brand new Camaro and made the payment. Later on, around 72-73, I used to go play golf at the par 3 course whose sign is visible in the background. This is a very nice clear photo, one of the best I've seen so far of this view. Thanks.

Jim B
Magnolia, Texas

Jada2 said...

Hello Chris,

Thank you for the vote of confidence. It means a lot coming from you.