Olive Through the Ages

Historical Overview of Olive: Maps and Photos

Historical Descriptions | Maps and Photos | Olive Boundaries
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Historical Maps and Aerial Photos

This collection of images includes copies of historical, illustrated, topographical, and aerial photo maps of the Olive community and its surrounding region. Click/tap a thumbnail to view the larger, complete image in a separate browser window/tab.

Grijalva Map
(Source: Elliott). Note: Phil Brigandi believes this map was drawn later than 1801; it was filed in 1853.
1801 Grijalva Map   1839 Deed Map
(Source: Elliott)
1839 Deed Map
         
1883 Plat of Olive Tract, deed to James Toberman on March 10, 1876
(Source: OC Archives)
1883 Olive Plat   1887 Map of Olive Heights (Source: Elliott) 1887 Olive Heights Map
         
1899 AT&SF Railway Map
full / detail
(Source: Library of Congress)
1899 AT&SF SoCal Railway System Map   1901 US Geological Survey
topographical map
(Source: OC Archives)
1901 USGS Topographical Map
         
1926 Sanborn Map of the eastern side of Olive
(Source: OC Archives)
1926 Sanborn Map   1926 Sanborn Map of the western side of Olive
(Source: OC Archives)
1928 Sanborn Map
         
1938 USGS aerial photo map of Olive Heights
(Source: OC Archives)

1938 USGS Aerial Map

  1940's map of the western side of Olive illustrated by Margaret Hughes
(Source: Elliott)
1940s map by Margaret Hughes
         
1946 USGS topographical
map of the Olive area
(Source: OC Archives)
1946 USGS Topographical Map   1947 USGS aerial photo map of the Olive area
(Source: OC Archives)
1947 USGS Aerial Map
         
1949 USGS
topographical map of the Olive area
(Source: OC Archives)
1949 USGS Topographical  Map   1955 USGS aerial photo map of the Olive area
(Source: OC Archives)
1955 USGS Aerial Map1
         
1959 USGS aerial photo map of the Olive area
(Source: OC Archives)
1959 USGS Aerial Map   1964 USGS map of Olive and the surrounding area
(Source: OC Archives)
1964 USGS Map
         
1970 USGS aerial photo map of the Olive area
(Source: OC Archives)
1970 USGS Aerial Map   2000 map of Olive
(Source: OC Government Online)
2000 OC Government Map

          

Historical Area Maps and Images

When reading descriptions of Olive from the 1890s up until the early 1900s, it helps to know where Olive is located in relation to other towns, some that no longer exist. For this purpose, maps of Orange County from 1901 and 1928 are provided via links in the section below.

It is interesting to see how much the Olive area has changed over the past 110 years by looking at the collection of images linked to this page. The photo from 1899 shows a horse-drawn meat wagon on a dusty, narrow road that would one day become the well-traveled, Orange-Olive Road. The undeveloped land that had not yet revealed its potential as a citrus haven would later be filled with groves, and eventually shops and housing tracts in modern times.

Thanks to Chris Jepsen at the Orange County Archives, Anaheim Heritage Center Disney Resort Reading Room, Orange Public Library History Center, Richard Rutter, and Mike Paulus for providing these images. Click/tap the thumbnail images below to view larger images in a separate browser window or tab:

Historical Area Maps: Orange County and Olive Road District

Orange County map, 1901

Orange County map from 1901. (Source: Anaheim Heritage Center Disney Resort Reading Room)


Olive Road District, c1912

Olive Road District map, circa 1912 to 1913. (Source: Orange Public Library History Center)
         
Orange County map, 1928 Orange County map from 1928. (Source: Orange County Archives)      
         
Historical Images of Olive: Then and Now

Olive, 1899

View looking north up Railroad St. (Orange-Olive Road) towards Hope Street (Lincoln Avenue) in 1899.


Orange-Olive Road, 1959

View north looking up Orange-Olive Road towards Lincoln Avenue in 1959.
         
Orange-Olive Road, 1967 View looking north up Orange-Olive Road towards Lincoln Avenue in February 1967.   Looking towards Olive Heights, 2009 View looking north up Orange-Olive Road towards Lincoln Avenue in 2009.
         
Olive, 1912
Panoramic view of Olive in 1912 with the wooden general store at Railroad St. (Orange-Olive Rd.) and Hope St. (Lincoln Ave.)

Olive, circa 1918 View of Olive circa 1918 with the wooden general store and gas station on Railroad St. (Orange-Olive Rd.)
         
Olive, 1926 Panoramic view of Olive in 1926 with a brick building replacing the wooden general store on Railroad St. (Orange-Olive Rd.)   Olive area, mid- to late-1960s Panoramic view of Orange-Olive Road looking towards Olive Heights circa the late 1960s.
         

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