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The History of Santa Anna, California

  • Gaspar de Portolá (Mexico City)

    Gaspar de Portolá (Mexico City)
    then capitol of New Spain, Friar Junipero Serra named the area Vallejo de santa Ana. (Valley of Saint Anne, or Santa Ana Valley).
  • Mission San Juan Capistrano

    Mission San Juan Capistrano
    Was established within this valley. This Santa Ana Valley comprised most of ehat is now called Orange County.
  • Mexican Independence

    Mexican Independence
    Year of the commencement of the war of Mexican Independence (1810-1821) , Jose Antonio Yorba , a sergeant of the spanish Army , eas granted land that he called Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. Yorbas Lindaa , Villa Park , Santa Ana , Tustin , Costa Mesa and unicorporated El Modena , and Santa Ana Heights , are today. This Rancho was the only land grant in Orange County granted under Spanish Rule.
  • Mexican - American war

    Mexican - American war
    after the Mexican - American war ended in 1848 , Alta -california became part of the United States and American settlers arrived in this area.
  • Kentuckian William H

    Kentuckian William H
    Claimed in 1869 by Kentuckian William H . Spurgeon on land obtained from the descendents of Jose Antonio Yorba , Santa Ana was incorporated as a city in 1886 with a population of 2000 and in 1889 became the seat of the newly formed orange county.
  • Pacific Electirc Railway

    Pacific Electirc Railway
    By 1906 the Pacific Electirc Railway from los Angeles was extended to Santa Ana , running along Fourth Street downtown . The "red car´s" made travel to Los Angeles easier and helped continue Santa Ana´s population boom . The closing coincided with the opening of the Santa Ana Freeway in 1953 , increasing the ease of travel by automobile.
  • Glenn L . Martin aviation company

    Glenn L . Martin aviation company
    Santa Ana was the home of the original Glenn L . Martin aviation company , founded in 1912 before merging with the Wright Company in 1916 . Later Glenn Luther Martin created a second company of the same name in Cleveland , Ohio wich eventually merged with the Lockheed Corporation to form the largest defense contractor in the world.
  • world War ll

    world War ll
    The Santa Ana Army Air Base was built as a trining center for the United States ARmy Air Force
  • Downtown Area

    Downtown Area
    Since 1980s , Santa Ana has been characterized by an effort to revitalize the dowtn area wich has declined in influence. The Samta Ana Artist´s Village was created around Cal State Fullerton´s Grand Central Art Center businesses. The process has continued into 2009 with the reopening of the historic Yos Theater.
  • Main Place Mall

    Main Place Mall
    in 1987 , Main Place Mall (now westfield MainPlace) was opened north of downtown and became a major ratail center for the area.