Orange County, California

The southwestern part of Los Angeles County, a territory about forty miles long by twenty wide, was made into the new county of Orange last year. It is a citrus-growing district, highly cultivated, and supporting a large population, estimated at 20,000. The chief city is Santa Ana, which has grown into a place of 5,000 people, with many handsome buildings, within about seven years. The second city is Anaheim, the center of the oldest colony in Southern California. Other large and growing towns are Tustin, Garden Grove, El Modena, Westminster, Newport and San Juan Capistrano. The county has an admirable system of irrigation, and most of its land is planted to oranges, raisin grapes and other fruit. The assessed valuation in 1889 was $9,300,000.


Source: California State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1890, Volume II, R. L. Polk & Company, 1890.

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