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The Cypress barrio was firmly established by 1920. The neighborhood was bounded by Walnut Avenue to the north, Palm Avenue to the south, Glassell Street to the east and the railroad tracks to the west. Another small neighborhood grew up around the 100 block of North Cypress (El Otro Barrio/The Other Barrio). The residents that settled in the Cypress barrio were primarily from the central plateau of Mexico; the states of Jalisco, Michoacan and Zacatecas. They came to Orange to work, because they had family or friends here, and to escape harsh times following the Mexican Revolution of 1910. There was a strong sense of community and connection between residents and families.

Click here for a list of some of the original families that lived in the Cypress Street Area - 1908-1950.

This page displays a sample of the photographs collected during the Shades of Orange project.  The entire collection is available from Orange Public Library's Local History photo database:  http://localhistory.cityoforange.org/, use the search phrase Shades of Orange to view the entire collection.  Add an additional search word (like a name) in the second search box to narrow the search.

View of the 400 block of North Cypress Street in Orange, California, showing homes and the Cruz grocery store, 1956. There are sidewalks and curbing but the street is unpaved. The photograph was taken by William McPherson and developed by the "Orange Camera Shop, 141 North Glassell Street, Orange, Calif."

Donated by the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society,  File Number MC0197,  Barcode 10554467

Josie Chavez, posing on a railroad boxcar ladder, behind 129 North Cypress Street, Orange, California, 1942.  The 129 North Cypress Street location is now a parking lot.

Donated by Leo M. and Helen Poblano Castro,  File Number S014,  Barcode 10586669

Looking down North Cypress Street, Orange, California, ca. 1970. Simon Luna's Market is on the left [a side view], at 412 North Cypress Street.

Donated by Emigdio Vasquez,  File number S037,  Barcode 10586584

Looking north at the railroad tracks behind North Cypress Street in Orange, California, ca. 1970. At the right is the back of 412 North Cypress Street, the home of Leo Castro at the time.

Donated by Emigdio Vasquez,  File number S038,  Barcode 10586585

Bartola Guzman at a family gathering at La Vecinda, or Lewis Court, 440 North Cypress Street, Orange, California, in the summer of 1938. Behind her, at far left is the Colin family residence; next (set back) is Martinez family residence; the double at right are the Dorotel family and Ambrocio Guzman residences.

Donated by Paul Guzman,  File number S054,  Barcode 10586769

Figueroa boys by the Railroad tracks in the Barrio on North Cypress Street, Orange, California, 1950. Left to right: Eddie, Thomas, Rudy, brothers of donor Raymond Figueroa, and his son, Raymond III, on Thomas’ shoulders.

Donated by Raymond Figueroa,  File number S065,  Barcode 10599332

Members of the Figueroa family, Orange, California, ca. 1948. The photograph was taken at 436½ North Cypress Street, Orange, California. In back, left to right are Eddie Figueroa, Martha Figueroa, and Pauline Figueroa (all siblings of donor Raymond Figueroa). In front is Agnicio Aguirre. The large tree had a tree house, not visible in the photograph.

Donated by Raymond Figueroa,  File number S066,  Barcode 10599333

A studio portrait of the Martinez Family, who lived at 545 North Cypress Street in Orange, California.  Left to right: Ismael "Smiley" Martinez, Ricardo "Dick" Martinez, Emilia Martinez (who later became Villalobos), Jesus Martinez, Pablo Martinez, Salvador Martinez, Ricardo Martinez (sitting), Maria Martinez (sitting), Jose "Joe" Martinez, Enrique "Henry" Martinez, (the donor's father), Helen Martinez (later became Esparza).

Donated by Yolanda Moreno,  File number S075,  Barcode 10599339

Left to right: Felicitos Guzman, Pifania DeLeon and Bartola Guzman in front of the Orange Union High School's main building on North Glassell Street, Orange, California, 1935.

Donated by Julio Guzman Navarro,  File number S076,  Barcode 10599340

Gloria DeLeon on North Cypress Street, Orange, California, 1949.  The Anaconda Wire and Cable Company building is in the left background. A young boy with a bicycle looks on.

Donated by Lorraine Limon,  File number S088,  Barcode 10599353

Helen Poblano in front of Blake and Nation Auto Body Shop, 153 North Cypress Street, located in "El Otro Barrio" in Orange, California, 1939. The photograph was taken by Connie Poblano Chavez.

Donated by Leo M. and Helen Poblano Castro, File number S091,  Barcode 10599359

Pearl Demara, on fender of an automobile, in front of 129 North Cypress Street, Orange, California, 1942.  Once the La Casita Restaurant, the house is gone and the lot is now a parking lot.

Donated by Leo M. and Helen Poblano Castro,  File Number S096,  Barcode 10586681

Eva Martinez holding her niece, Angie, in the Lewis Court, Orange, California, 1941. Rental units at what was known as "Lewis Court" at 442 North Cypress Street, Orange, California. The rental units did not have individual addresses and used the address of a store located in front of the rental units. Mail was delivered to and picked up at the store. A clothesline stretches behind her, in front of the buildings.

Donated by Agapito Morales,  File Number S124,  Barcode 10599381

Nina Aguirre, about 18 or 19 years old, at 381 North Harwood Street, Orange, California, ca. 1925. She is wearing a beautiful Mexican costume, and has her foot on a sombrero.

Donated by Martha Beltran,  File Number S149,  Barcode 10586620

Children playing on the 400 block of North Cypress Street, across the street from Luna's Grocery Store, April, 1964. Left to right: Carmen Guzman (with bandaged foot, donor's sister), #7 is Irma Santos (donor's sister), #8 Frank Guzman, donor's brother. The rest of the children are unidentified.

Donated by Jose A. Santos,  File Number S155,  Barcode 10586623

Luis Garcia, one year old, in a stroller in front of 185 North Cypress Street, Orange, California, ca. 1942. Photograph was taken by Maria C. Garcia.

Donated by Luis Garcia,  File Number S180,  Barcode 10586646

The three oldest siblings of the Colin family, in a portrait taken by a door-to-door photographer at their home at 497 North Cypress Street, Orange, California, 1934. Left to right: Robert, four years of age; Philip, one year old; and Petra Colin, two years old. Photograph was for their grandmother.

Donated by Colin Family,  File Number S217,  Barcode 10586707

A decorated tin wall hanging with a portrait photograph of Fred Barrera at the age of one or two years, North Cypress Street, Orange, California, ca. 1925.

Donated by Fred Barrera,  File Number S223b,  Barcode 10586712

Elias Guzman, in front of the railroad tracks, North Cypress Street, Orange, California, 1939.  Beyond the tracks are chicken coops owned by Lewis Court residents. The coops on the left were owned by the Munoz family, and on the right, the Morales family.  Guzman is facing Lewis Court (not in photograph).

Donated by Paul Guzman,  File Number S235,  Barcode 10586767

Concha Demara and Pearl Demara, [daughter of Concha and Steve Demara] in the 100 block of North Cypress Street, Orange, California, ca. 1943.  According to the 1949 city directory, Steve and Concha Demara lived at 129 North Cypress Street.

Donated by John and Rudy Chavez,  File Number S274,  Barcode 10586740

Sitting on a 1941 Plymouth automobile are "Los Vatos Del Barrio" (The Guys of the Barrio), North Cypress Street, Orange, California, 1953. Left to right: Martin Martinez, Fermin Aguirre, Gilbert "Tito" Garcia, Eddie Garcia and Johnny Velasquez.

Donated by Gilbert Garcia,  File Number S305,  Barcode 10586781

Garcia children, in front of the Garcia residence at 185 North Cypress Street, Orange, California, 1947.  Garcia siblings: Peter Garcia, Ralph Garcia, Raul Garcia, and Mary Helen Garcia, who is holding toddler Richard Garcia.

Donated by Sally Garcia Holguin,  File Number S310,  Barcode 10586786

The Garcia family home, at 185 North Cypress Street, Orange, California, 1934. Left to right: Luis Garcia (donor's grandfather), Dionicia G. Campos (donor's aunt), with the donor's brothers, Gilbert Garcia (age 4) and Carlos Garcia (age 3).

Donated by Sally Garcia Holguin,  File Number S311,  Barcode 10586816

Porfirio Aguirre, sitting in an orange grove and holding Nancy Aguirre (age 1), Orange, California, 1937.

Donated by Martha Beltran,  File Number S327,  Barcode 10586792

Family photographic portrait taken during a gathering for the christening of Laura Beltran (the baby in the picture) in Orange California, ca. 1920. Left to right: In front, Domi Beltran, Jesse Beltran, and two small unidentified girls. In the second row: Joe Beltran, Margarita Beltran holding Laura Beltran, and Zacarias Beltran.

Donated by Martha Beltran,  File Number S333,  Barcode 10586798

Children of the Martinez, Aguirre and Beltran families, in the front yard of house located in the 500 block of North Cypress Street in Orange, California, 1939.

Donated by Martha Beltran,  File Number S344,  Barcode 10586809

Chavez brothers, standing on the railroad tracks behind 159 North Cypress Street, Orange, California, ca. 1944. Left to right: Rudy Chavez, Johnny Chavez and Norman Chavez.

Donated by John and Rudy Chavez,  File Number S365,  Barcode 10586839

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