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Irvine Then and Now: Frances Packing House

In 1916, the orange groves were so bountiful on the Irvine Ranch that a 48,000 square foot packing house was built to process the fruit. The facility was located on the Santa Fe Railroad’s Venta Spur at Shop Road ( now Yale Ave.)    

New year…new camera

So I got this new camera for my birthday last month. Yesterday was such an extraordinary southern California day, that I decided to take it out for a spin. I headed to The Sherman Library in Corona del Mar to play with my new toy.   

Lake Lawn Holiday Memories : Delavan, Wisconsin

Every year we did the same thing. Two days after Christmas, my parents would pack all of us into the family station wagon and head north from the Chicago suburbs to our annual vacation heaven: Lake Lawn Lodge. It was a ritual so firmly ingrained in Baker family lore, that it was impossible to imagine […]

Sawdust Festival Winter Fantasy: Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach’s Sawdust Festival, my favorite summertime treat, is all dressed up and deck-out for the holidays. OK, so there are eucalyptus trees towering overhead instead of snowy pines and there’s sawdust underfoot instead of snow. It may be Christmas “California-Style,” but the 21st Annual Sawdust Festival Winter Fantasy is sparkling with holiday spirit. I […]

Jeffrey Open Space Trail in Irvine: A Trip Back in Time

I recently spent a morning walking the Jeffrey Open Space Trail, the quiet strip of park land that borders the Village of Woodbury in north Irvine. It occurred to me, within minutes of arriving, that this is why I choose to live in this city: when it comes to planned recreational spaces, Irvine gets it […]

The Season to Show that Someone Cares.

December 1, 2011 They were already lined up and waiting at the door when I drove into the parking lot. It was a mixed group waiting patiently outside the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa. Elderly men and women were interspersed between twenty-somethings. A bearded man with unkempt hair stuffed under his hat stood […]

My Week with Vintage Men: Tuesday, Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

I didn’t plan it this way. The schedule just worked out naturally. Each night this week, I attended a different event featuring a thought-provoking speaker. By Friday, I sensed a theme. A Week with Vintage Men…. Tuesday: Beauty is in the Eye of The Beholder On a balmy October Tuesday, I drove through Laguna Canyon […]

Irvine: Then and Now Blacksmith Shop; built 1909

The Blacksmith Shop, built 1909 In 1909, local farmer Frederick Culver asked James Irvine for permission to build a blacksmith shop on Central Avenue near the bean and grain warehouse. Culver’s brother, Willard, ran the operation, repairing farm machinery, making wagon wheels and fitting horseshoes. In 1928, the blacksmith shop was bought by Gene Thomas who […]

Friday Foto…Irvine Aerial Culver and Walnut

Irvine History Quiz Question of the Day

Which Vice President visited the Irvine Ranch in 1953? ANSWER: Vice President Richard Nixon visited the Boy Scout Jamboree in 1953. Nixon, who was a boy scout himself in Whittier, California, spent the night in a tent and shared a pancake breakfast  before addressing the scouts. The Boy Scout Jamboree was held on the grounds […]