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Reminder: You may only check out 3 books about the City of Orange.


REF 307.0979 CAL 2009 - California Cities, Towns and Counties

366.1 ONE - One Hundred Years in Retrospect, 1888-1988:
Orange Grove Lodge No. 293

J 979.496 BRI - A New Creation:  The Incorporation of the City of Orange, 1888

979.496 BRI - Orange:  The City 'Round the Plaza

REF J 979.496 EVA - A Brief History of the Orange Unified School District Communities, Orange, CA


City of Orange, CA

Orange Chamber of Commerce

Orange Public Library Local History Collection

Orange Unified School District

Facts About the City of Orange
  • Incorporated:  April 6, 1888
  • Population:  136,995
  • Land Area:  34.9 square miles
  • Latitude:  33º 47' 16"
  • Elevation:  195 feet
  • City Motto:  "Orange...a Slice of Old Town Charm"
  • City Tree:  Orange
  • City Flower:  Rose

Mayor and City Council

Teresa "Tita" Smith

Mayor pro tem
Mark A. Murphy

Fred M. Whitaker

Michael Alvarez

Kimberlee Nichols

Brief History of Orange

Native Americans, called Gabrielinos by the Spaniards, were the first inhabitants of Orange.  The first landholder was Don Juan Pablo Grijalva, a retired Spanish soldier who built an adobe ranch house around 1801.  Upon his death, his grandsons Antonio Yorba and Juan Pablo Peralta inherited the land and in 1810 were officially granted the ranch by the King of Spain.  In 1868, Alfred B. Chapman and Andrew Glassell were hired by the Yorba and Peralta families to handle an inheritance dispute and were given land as payment.

By 1870, Chapman and Glassell owned about 5,400 acres and hired a surveyor to divide the land into tracts.  Andrew's brother, William T. Glassell, was hired as land agent, and he laid out the downtown area.  He set aside land in the center of town for a plaza and supervised construction of a canal for water.

Orange began as a farming community.  Grapes were a major crop until the 1886 blight destroyed most of the grapevines.  In 1873, farmers started growing oranges and other produce, which made the city prosperous again.

Orange was incorporated as a city on April 6, 1888.  At that time, the city was 3.1 square miles and had a population of 866.  Orange is now 34.9 square miles and home to 136,995 people.

The Orange Public Library was founded in 1885, make it one of the oldest libraries in Orange County.

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