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Westminster, California, USA - The Chapel of Westminster Memorial Park Mortuary and Cemetery as seen at dawn

Westminster, Orange, California, USA
...Westminster was founded as a temperance colony by the Presbyterian Reverend, Lemuel P. Webber in 1870 upon his purchase of some 6,000 acres of the Stearns Rancho. Fulfilling his dream, he invited those people with like ideas in religion and morals to locate on individual 40 acre farms in his new colony. The town was named for the Westminster Assembly of 1643 which prescribed the basic tenets of the Presbyterian Church. John Y Anderson, a native of Virginia was the first man to respond to the Reverend’s invitation. Anderson took up residence on the corner of what we know as Westminster Boulevard and Monroe Street... about/ history.asp

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Westminster Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

The Chapel of Westminster Memorial Park Mortuary and Cemetery as seen at dawn
Westminster, California, USA

The Chapel of Westminster Memorial Park Mortuary and Cemetery as seen at dawn
Senor Ruben's Mexican Restaurant
Westminster, California, USA

Senor Ruben's Mexican Restaurant
Westminster Lanes
Westminster, California, USA

Westminster Lanes

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Westminster, a post-village of Orange co., Cal., 12 miles SW. of Anaheim, its banking point. Pop. 350.
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 - Whether you're a local resident or a visitor, there are plenty of things to see and do in Westminster. Here's a list of places to visit and activities to enjoy in this lovely city:
Little Saigon: Westminster boasts one of the largest Vietnamese communities in the United States, and Little Saigon is the heart of it. Explore the bustling markets, indulge in delicious Vietnamese cuisine, and shop for unique items at the Asian-themed malls.

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve: If you're a nature enthusiast, the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is a must-visit. It's a haven for birdwatchers and wildlife lovers. You can take a leisurely stroll along the trails and even catch glimpses of the Pacific Ocean.

Vietnam War Memorial: Pay your respects at the Vietnam War Memorial located in Sid Goldstein Freedom Park. This somber and reflective monument honors the brave soldiers who served during the Vietnam War.

Sigler Park Splash Pad: If you're traveling with kids, Sigler Park Splash Pad is a fantastic place for them to cool off and have fun during the hot summer months. It's a safe and enjoyable water play area.

Westminster Mall: For shopping, dining, and...

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

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male ancestorHenry D EBY (27 August 1864, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada - 25 March 1947, Westminster, California, USA)
male ancestorWilliam Henry EVERETT (7 April 1876, Westminster, California, USA - 4 March 1892, )
male ancestorNathaniel WALTON (21 May 1877, Westminster, California, USA - 1 December 1944, , California, USA)
female ancestorMary Hattie HESSONETT (31 March 1877, Westminster, California, USA - , )
male ancestorHarry Larter GRIFFITH (19 February 1878, Westminster, California, USA - 4 November 1947, Los Angeles, California, USA)
male ancestorFrederick Robert CLAPP (18 October 1878, Westminster, California, USA - 11 March 1962, Redlands, San Bernadino, California, USA)
female ancestorClara HULL (24 April 1879, Westminster, California, USA - 19 January 1938, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, USA)
male ancestorMilton MICHAELIS (22 March 1879, Westminster, California, USA - 28 September 1958, Lake Elsinore, Riverside County, California, USA)
male ancestorEdward Byron FINLEY (8 October 1879, Westminster, California, USA - 19 March 1961, Westminster, California, USA)

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