John and I have enjoyed exploring some of the little Californian towns which surround Anaheim. Yesterday we drove to Santa Ana, Orange County's county seat. The town began in 1869 when a man purchased 70 acres of Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana, abbreviated the name and plotted out a townsite. He persuaded Los Angeles-Santiago line to stop in Santa Ana and the town grew, especially so when the Sante
Fe Railroad later came into the town in 1887. Two years later Orange County split off from Los Angeles and named Santa Ana as the county seat. A granite and sandstone Romanesque style courthouse was built in 1901 when Santa Ana was still a farm town. The courthouse survived an earthquake in 1933.