Archiving Orange County (AOC):The Beginning

Jason Burns, of LA Metblog fame, has been posting a segment he calls “Archiving Angeles” for quite some time now. The idea is, he posts really old pictures of Los Angeles, giving us glimpses of what life was like in the city back then.

I love this series, and with his permission, I have decided to completely bite use his idea (name included) to show life from Orange County days of yore. I have to admit, when I first moved down here, I was shocked to find out Orange County was older than Disneyland. MUCH older! Without further ado:
It gets bigger when you click*

Alfred Chapman & Andrew Glassell in front of the original Orange Plaza fountain and Orange bank building, circa 1887.

Alfred Chapman & Andrew Glassell in front of the original Orange Plaza fountain and Orange bank building, circa 1887.


According to Wiki:

In 1863 Chapman became city attorney of Los Angeles, and in 1868 he was elected district attorney of Los Angeles County. He went into partnership with a boyhood friend, Andrew Glassell when the latter arrived in Los Angeles in 1866…Their law practice was confined chiefly to real estate transactions and they made their fortunes by handling the large partition suits. Chapman was the businessman of the firm. He would take his compensation in land, and nearly every final decree in partition would find that Glassell & Chapman had acquired land. Chapman and Glassell are best known in Orange County for being founders of Orange, California….[Chapman] joined with one of his partners, Andrew Glassell, to develop a new community, Richland, which would eventually be named Orange….Richland was the name of the Virginia plantation owned by the father of Andrew Glassell in the 1830s.

*Photo courtesy of USC Digital Archives

1 Comment so far

  1. Jon (oc_jon) on February 24th, 2009 @ 7:16 pm

    This is awesome… I am looking forward to more!



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