CityFacts: Fountain Valley

The city of Fountain Valley was incorporated in 1957.

It used to be called “Gospel Swamps” because the area was inundated with swampland. I get the swamp part, but I’m not sure how they arrived at the “gospel” part.

The name “Fountain Valley” was adopted later due to artisanal wells, which were abundant due to the high water table.

Up until the 1930’s, the main crops grown were beans and sugar beets.

And, late breaking news, if you are a Fountain Valley resident, show proof at the Orange County Marketplace this weekend only and get free admission. This is courtesy of the city celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary this year.

It’s best known park is Mile Square Park, which is 640 acres. It’s Friday and I’m too lazy to figure out if the park is indeed a square mile. I’m guessing it is, else why the name?

Last but not least, the city motto is “A nice place to live.” It’s lacking a bit in imagination, but it’s not too bad.

3 Comments so far

  1. Michael Doss (unregistered) on May 26th, 2007 @ 8:18 am

    Finally, my hometown.

    640 acres IS a square mile, but I don’t think the park is exact – just very close.

    I’m not 100% sure, but I think the motto wasn’t established until the late 80s. You may remember that the city in “Back to the Future”, “Hill Valley”, also had “A Nice Place To Live” as its motto.

    It really is a nice city, though I don’t think I could afford to live there anymore.


  2. Gordon Cole (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 8:40 pm

    The area that is now Fountain Valley was know as the “Great Gospel Swamp” because revival meetings were held there in a tent. The swamp and artesian wells derive from its being in the flood plain of the Santa Ana river. The river is now well encased in concrete, but there is still an underground aquifer that fills up when we get a rainy year.


  3. Gordon Cole (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 8:40 pm

    The area that is now Fountain Valley was know as the “Great Gospel Swamp” because revival meetings were held there in a tent. The swamp and artesian wells derive from its being in the flood plain of the Santa Ana river. The river is now well encased in concrete, but there is still an underground aquifer that fills up when we get a rainy year.



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