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Posted July 24, 2014 by Chris Epting
Historical image of Walter and Cordelia Knott

Recently, we shared some hidden Disneyland history in honor of the park's 59th birthday. But here in Orange County it's worth remembering that there's another historic theme park that goes back even further, with roots both figurative and literal: Knott’s Berry Farm. 

Posted July 23, 2014 by Jamie Martinez Wood
Little Arabia, Anaheim

Signs for restaurants, clothing stores, bakeries and businesses from legal services to insurance providers appear in Arabic on Brookhurst Street, between Cresent Avenue and Katella Avenue in West Anaheim, letting you know you have arrived in the ethnic enclave of

Posted July 22, 2014 by Chris Epting

SeaWorld opened in March 1964, so 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of this educational theme park on Mission Bay in San Diego.

Posted July 17, 2014 by Chris Epting

Disneyland turns 59 today, so what better time to look at some of the lesser-known history of what is arguably the world's most beloved theme park?

Posted July 15, 2014 by Chris Epting

Every kid in America – and many more all over the world – can sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." But few baseball fans (even those in Orange County) are aware that the man responsible for the words of that song is buried within eyeshot of

Posted July 14, 2014 by Tessa Schutz

The idea of seeing real human specimens might make some hesitate, but after seeing it for myself I can say that it is extremely interesting and educational. Forget everything you’ve seen about the human body in textbook diagrams – this is the real thing.

Posted July 10, 2014 by Chris Epting
Orange County Fair, circa 1949

One of Orange County's most venerable traditions returns this week.

Posted July 08, 2014 by Chris Epting

The other day, I noticed my son reading one of his favorite John Steinbeck books, “The Pastures of Heaven.” We've been to visit many of the Steinbeck landmarks up in the Monterey area, but what I shared with my son shocked him: the very book in his h

Posted July 03, 2014 by Chris Epting
Fireworks show in Huntington Beach

Known as the “First Family” of fireworks, the Zambelli Fireworks Company has orchestrated the 4th of July nighttime spectacular over the Huntington Beach pier for the past six years. I recently caught up with Caty Eidemiller, a longtime Zambelli Fireworks Company employee who has produced shows alongside her father, Jeff, for more than 10 years.

Posted July 01, 2014 by Chris Epting
Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade, circa 1952

Huntington Beach has the designation of being home to the longest-running 4th of July parade west of the Mississippi.


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