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Orange, California, USA - Orange Union High School, Orange, Cal.

Orange, Orange, CA

The small town was incorporated on April 6, 1888, under the general laws of the state of California. Orange was the only city in Orange County to be planned and built around a plaza, earned it the nickname Plaza City. Orange was the first developed town site to be served by the California Southern Railroad when the nation's second transcontinental rail line reached Orange County.

There is MUCH more to discover about Orange, California, USA. Read on!

Orange Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

Orange Union High School, Orange, Cal.
Orange, California, USA

Orange Union High School, Orange, Cal.
Water Reservoir in Hewes Park, Orange, Cal.
Orange, California, USA

Water Reservoir in Hewes Park, Orange, Cal.
The Plaza, Orange, Cal.
Orange, California, USA

The Plaza, Orange, Cal.

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1869 - Orange is settled

April 6, 1888 - Orange is incorporated

1895 - Orange
Orange, a post-village of Orange co, Cal., near the Santa Ana River, in a fertile valley. It has a church and a graded school. Pop. in 1890, 865.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
Orange, a banking city of Orange co., Cal., near the Santa Ana River on the Southern Pacific R., and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Coast Lines, 30 miles SE. of Los Angeles. It is in a fertile and productive fruit region. Pop. in 1900, 1216.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
2023 - Orange has something for everyone. Here's a list of places to go and things to do in the town:
Old Towne Orange Plaza:

Explore the charming historic district with its vintage architecture and unique shops. You'll find antique stores, boutiques, and cozy cafes.

Orange County Zoo:

Located in Irvine Regional Park, the zoo is a great place for families. It features animals native to the southwestern United States, and there's a petting zoo for the little ones.

Irvine Regional Park:

Beyond the zoo, this park offers hiking and biking trails, paddleboats, and horse rentals. It's a beautiful spot for a picnic or a leisurely day outdoors.

Orange County Mining Co.:

This restaurant offers not just delicious food but also breathtaking panoramic views of Orange County. It's especially stunning during sunset.

Chapman University:

Stroll around the picturesque campus of Chapman University. The university often hosts events that are open to the public, and the architecture is worth admiring.

The Outlets at Orange:

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Orange, California, USA

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