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Orange County, California Points of Interest

Map of California State Historical Marker Locations in Orange

Orange County Historical Markers

Orange County Churches
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Founded in 1776 by Padre Junípero Serra, this is the seventh in the chain of 21 missions established in Alta California to christianize and civ... [click for more]

Orange County Schools
Old Maizeland School (Rivera School)
Constructed in 1868, this was the first school in the Rivera District. It was previously located on Shugg Lane, now Slauson Avenue. ... [click for more]

Orange County Courthouse
Orange County’s Original Courthouse
Built in 1900 of Arizona red sandstone, this is the oldest existing county courthouse in Southern California. Significant and far-reaching court decis... [click for more]

Orange County Historic Homes & Houses
Diego Sepúlveda Adobe
This adobe house was built as a station of Mission San Juan CapistraAfter secularization the property became part of Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana, and... [click for more]

Don Bernardo Yorba Ranchhouse Site
Here Don Bernardo Yorba created the greatest rancho of California's Golden Age, combining the Santa Ana Grant awarded to his father by the King of Spa... [click for more]

Modjeska’s Home
Famous as the home of Madame Modjeska, one of the world's greatest actresses, the house was designed by Stanford White in 1888 and built on property c... [click for more]

Pioneer House of the Mother Colony
Anaheim's first house, built in 1857 by Founder George Hanson. 'The Mother Colony,' a German group that left San Francisco to form a grape-growing col... [click for more]

Orange County - General Interest
Anaheim Landing
Soon after the founding of the Mother Colony at Anaheim in 1857, the Anaheim Landing Company established Anaheim Landing as a port for the Santa Ana V... [click for more]

Balboa Pavilion
This is one of California's last surviving examples of the great waterfront recreational pavilions from the turn of the century. Built in 1905 by the ... [click for more]

Barton Mound
Juan Flores, who had escaped from San Quentin, was being sought by James Barton with a posse of five men. Near this mound, Flores surprised Barton and... [click for more]

Black Star Canyon Indian Village Site
The Indians who lived on the village located here had stolen some horses, and the whites followed them back to their camp. After a skirmish, the white... [click for more]

This is the site of the 1878 coal discovery. The mine, called the Santa Clara, was operated by the Southern Pacific. The village of Carbondale was bui... [click for more]

Dana Point
Named for Richard Henry Dana, author of Two Years Before the Mast, who visited here in 1835. El Embarcadero, the cove below, was used by hide... [click for more]

Flores Peak
In 1857, Juan Flores and a band of outlaws murdered Sheriff James Barton and part of his posse at Barton Mound. Pursued by a posse led by General Andr... [click for more]

McFadden Wharf
The original wharf on this site was completed in the summer of 1888 by the McFadden brothers. As the seaward terminus of their Santa Ana and Newport R... [click for more]

North Gate of the City of Anaheim
A wall or fence of willow poles that took root and grew was planted around the Anaheim Colony to keep out the herds of wild cattle that roamed the sur... [click for more]

Old Landing
On September 10, 1870, Captain Samuel S. Dunnells and William A. Abbott opened Newport Bay to commerce when they entered it for the first time on the ... [click for more]

Old Santa Ana
Portolá camped on the bank of Santa Ana River in 1769, and José Antonio Yorba, a member of the expedition, later returned to Rancho Sant... [click for more]

Old Town Irvine
Old Town Irvine stands today as a testament to the rich agricultural past of what has become one of California's most heavily urban counties. Founded ... [click for more]

From 1897, when oil pioneer Edward L. Doheny brought in the first well, to the 1940s, the boom town of Olinda sprawled over the surrounding hills. To ... [click for more]

Red Hill
In early descriptions it was known as Cerrito de las Ranas, meaning the Hill of the Frogs. In the 1890s this hill became the scene of mining excitemen... [click for more]

Richard Nixon Birthplace
In 1912 Frank and Hannah Nixon built this modest farmhouse on their small citrus ranch. Here Richard Nixon was born, January 9, 1913, and spent his fi... [click for more]

Located in Caņada de la Madera (Timber Canyon) was a mining boomtown founded in 1878 when silver was discovered nearby. During the colorful life of it... [click for more]

Site of First Water-to-Water Flight
On May 10, 1912, Glenn L. Martin flew his own plane, built in Santa Ana, from the waters of the Pacific Ocean at Balboa to Catalina Island. This was t... [click for more]

The Serrano Adobe
Caņada de los Alisos, also called El Toro, was granted to José Serrano in 1842 by Governor Alvarado. Senor Serrano and his relatives erected a ... [click for more]

This page last updated: 11/11/2009