The History Of Orange County

The History Of Orange County

The History OF A Small Section In The United States: Orange County, CA.

The history of Orange County is started way back during the year 1801, and the most interesting thing part of its history is how the number of people living there increased from a hundred to millions.

The History Of Orange County

Old Days Stage.

During the old days, Gabrielios were considered to be the first Native American tribe that inhabited the Orange County. The Spaniards were the ones that come up with this title for the Native American Tribe. The first approved landowner was known as Juan Pablo and he used to fight for the Spanish as a soldier.

He later on constructed a ranch in his land in the year 1801, after the approval of the colonial government, which under the Spanish rule. Juan Pablo possessions and family continue to increase in number until his ranch extended near the ocean.

In 1848 Guadalupe Hidalgo gave up its treaty to California and the rancho was validated a decade later. The family did not seek another place to stay but settled here for more years even though the extended family was becoming bigger.

In 1866, one of the members from the extended family known as Leonard Cota used his home as collateral for a loan that he needed. In the same year, Corta was sued by his lender who was called Abel Stearns for not fulfilling his part of the agreement. For two years Abel Stearns tried to fight for a small section of Corta’s land, but later each family’s land parting was determined and a thousand units were divided among all the family members including Corta.

The two lawyers who handle this case were Andre Glassell and Alfred Chapman. They wanted to expand their investment by buying a small piece of rancho for not being paid for their services. But, their hopes were cut short after they were compensated with parcels of land as a settlement. In total, the size of their land was estimated to be around 5,400 acres. This, later on, evolved into downtown orange. The town did not stop growing and neither did farming.

The farmers who lived here were really passionate about their work and tried to grow different crops, but most of them did not do well. Only grains showed the potential to grow and later on tropical fruits did even better. Within a short period, oranges become a common and popular crop to grow in the region.

Orange Incorporation

After a short period, railways started making their way into the orange county and their number increased. This lead to competition, which automatically dropped the fares to a very low price. This encouraged more people to visit the county and visitors started buying land and living here. More investors started coming in and business infrastructures were put into places such as libraries, hotels and even newspapers institute. To encourage more people to invest here, sidewalks were constructed gas streetlights were put in place.

Due to the increase of corporations, the demand of having a leader increased and the Orange city selected a mayor. The first mayor was William Blasdale. However, people discussed that the earlier incorporation or the Orange town was to prevent saloons from being constructed. This led to the first authoritative order, which was any type of intoxication drinks.

In the 1880s the increase in incorporation come to an end. However, this did not stop the local farmers from growing oranges and worked on other plants while they waited for the trees to mature. The crops did well all year round and nothing seemed to stop them, not even natural disasters such as floods and freezing temperatures. Orange County had the ability to produce approximately $12 million oranges. However, Orange County was affected by natural disasters and the great depression, but it did not take long before they overcome these challenges and went back to their normal state.

The Modern Age.

During World War II, the population increased because of the great number of servicemen that were shipped in California for no other purpose but training. After the world war, II servicemen decided to bring their families to Orange County and by the year two thousand and five, over 138, thousand people were settled in the city.

George Weimer, who was the former mayor, did his best to ensure that the city was big enough and manageable for everyone to live in. His ambition was to secure jobs for all the citizens and have a tax plan that would help keep the city running. New services and business that were established contributed to the growth of the economy. As a result, Orange County expanded at a quicker pace by constructing an outstanding neighborhood. This created a town that had small values, yet very large in size.

Orange County Geography.

Orange County is considered to be on the list of the smallest towns located in the Southern part of California and the Pacific Ocean borders the southwest, Los Angeles, to the north. Riverside and San Bernardino county borders to the northeast. Lastly, the county of San Diego borders the southeast.


Orange County experiences a favorable temperature throughout the year, which is 68 degrees. However, the temperatures usually go a bit higher during summer and the readings sometimes do reach 100s. On December, the temperature does go low and the lowest reading ever recorded was 29 degrees. Orange County experiences rainfall during the month of November all the way to March, and January is when pick of the rain takes place.

In Orange County, it is common to experience micro-climates. In other words, this means that the temperatures can have a difference of up to eighteen degrees. That is between the coast and inland. This causes overcast skies and fog during morning hours.

The Economy And Business Of Orange County.

After several decades have passed, Orange County’s economy has evolved and grown. Furthermore, some of the top employers are based here such as Chapman University, sisters of St. Joseph Hospital, University of California, the Transportation Authority of Orange County, Irvine Medical Vcenter and the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Because of this reason, unemployment rates are better compared to the national average. Furthermore, job opportunities are high. The only disadvantage is high tax rates, even though they contribute a lot to the growth of the economy. The average income is estimated to be $81837, which is for the medium household. The pervert rate is at 11%, and the number of employees who work within Orange County is estimated to be 1.59 million. However, both employee rates and household income keep on growing.

Orange County Demographics.

Different ethnic groups are based in the Orange County and the total population adds up to more than 3 million. Approximately 1.8% of the population is African American, 56% white, 20% Asian, 0.6% Native American, 4.2 are mixed with more than two races and 14.5% is for other races. Moreover, according to the United States 2010 Census report, Latino or Hispanic descent of any other races was estimated to be 33.7%. The dominate that lives in Orange County is white. However, other races especially the Asian seem to be increasing as well.

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