With a large number of new tract houses, malls, and freeways, no one can ever imagine that Orange County caters some great history in it. But there are certain places in the county which depict stories which even the locals are not aware of.
So let us have a look at some of the lesser known historical facts about Orange County.
The Oldest Woman In The West: Laguna Woman
In 1933 in Laguna Beach a 17-year-old amateur archaeologist dug out a skull out of the ground of St Ann’s Drive. The female skull was dated to be over 17,000 years old. For years, Laguna Woman was considered to be the First Woman in the Western Hemisphere as nothing similar to it was found near.
But later some very old remains were found in various other parts of the Western Hemisphere.
In 1769, Gasper de Portola had ridden through the hills of Orange County in search of the better place where he can build missions for Spain. While they passing through a local canyon someone in his group lost his blunderbuss which is a type of short shotgun. This is the reason why the canyon is named with the Spanish name. The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana has a decades-old gun which is claimed to be the actual “blunderbuss” which was lost a long time ago.
Home Sweet Home: The Rios Adobe
When the Spanish soldier Feliciano Rios must have built his house near the Mission San Juan Capistrano he must have never thought that today it would become one of the historical places in the Orange County.He had built the house in 1794 and since then his family has been living here and honoring their Spanish, California and Juaneno heritage.