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Posted July 31, 2014 by Chris Epting
Bolsa Chica gun club in 1933

What do King Gustaf of Sweden, the Prince of Wales and Pope Pius XII all have in common, as it relates to Orange County? They all visited the Bolsa Chica Gun Club in Huntington Beach.

Posted July 29, 2014 by Chris Epting

At the southwest corner of Brookhurst Avenue and Bishop Place in Westminster sits a gigantic agricultural plow that is one of the great wonders of the county. You may call it the "world's largest plow" or even the "plow that saved Orange County" – both handles would be accurate.

Posted July 25, 2014 by Jamie Martinez Wood

There’s a new wonder to behold in Anaheim. Dressed in green vests and wielding metal tongs, the Green Bird team of Anaheim is a litter-collecting army of local residents and volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, intent on cleaning up their city.

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 21, 2014 by Gabby Gerstley
U.S. Open of Surfing; photo credit Visit Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach hosts the 20th U.S. Open of Surfing in celebration of 100 Years of Surfing beginning Saturday, July 26 through Sunday, August 3. The 2014 Vans U.S.

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.


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