Olive Through the Ages

Tour of Olive: Section D

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Section D

1Stockton and Kearny Campsite marker: The plaque [pictured right in 2010] explains that the united forces of Commodore Robert Field Stockton and General Stephen Watts Kearny camped near the site of this marker on Riverdale Avenue, west of where Orange-Olive Road ends, on January 6, 1847, en route to Los Angeles. The soldiers reportedly slept in one of the irrigation ditches made by the Yorba family which ran alongside the Santa Ana River.

  Stockton and Kearny campsite marker
     

2Olive Heights Citrus Association: This building in which the packing house operated [pictured right in 1982] was constructed of concrete in 1928 on the western side of the railroad tracks at 104 Railroad Street (Orange-Olive Road) [see 1926 Sanborn Map] following the destruction of its original wooden building by fire at the site across the street [see 1922 photo].

The last citrus packing house to remain in Olive, operations ceased in 1984 after the company merged with the Olive Heights Citrus Association plant in Corona. In 1987, the property was sold to a developer. Fire gutted the structure in December 1988, and the building was razed in 1997.

  Olive Heights Citrus Association, 1982
     

3Olive Volunteer Fire Department: This adobe brick building, built in 1948 [pictured right in 1982], stood near the northeastern corner of Railroad Street (Orange-Olive Road) and Anaheim-Olive Boulevard (Lincoln).

As the town of Olive began to diminish over time, nearly all the original response area of Olive VFD was annexed into neighboring cities. In 1987, the property was sold to a developer. Fire Station 20 was deactivated in 1996, and the building razed in 1997.

Thankfully, my sister suggested I capture the images of the Sunkist packing house and fire station on film using her Pentax camera. She sadly, and correctly, believed that one day these buildings would disappear forever.

  Volunteer Fire Department, 1982
     

4First National Bank of Olive: This building, constructed by the order of Henry C. Meyers in 1916 [pictured right circa 1925], sat on the northwestern corner of Anaheim-Olive Blvd. (Lincoln Ave.) at Railroad Street (Orange-Olive Road). The bank operated out of this building until it closed in 1933. The building was used for other operations until it was razed in 1966 due to the realignment of Lincoln Avenue.

  First National Bank of Olive, c1925
     
5 Olive Garage: About the time the First National Bank of Olive appeared, the Olive Garage was built across the street at the southwestern corner of Anaheim-Olive Blvd. and Railroad Street. The brick building [pictured right circa 1925] still stands today at 606 E. Lincoln Avenue in Orange, occupied by C.C.c.c. Heating & Air Conditioning since around October 1983. The Olive Garage business completely relocated to 2845 Orange-Olive Road in 1984, where it continues to operate today in the modified 1920s gas station building.   Olive Garage c1925
     
6Troy's Burgers: This building at 204 E. Lincoln Ave. [pictured right in 2009] was constructed in the mid-1960s and continues to be used by Troy's Burgers today.   Troy's Burgers
     
7La Casita Restaurant: This house constructed in 1910 [pictured right in 2009] on the north side of Lincoln Ave. has been used for business purposes by La Casita restaurant since 1988. The diner continues to operate at 209 E. Lincoln Ave.   La Casita
     

8Lincoln Ave. Animal Hospital: The rectangular-shaped building constructed on the north side of Lincoln Ave. in 1955 was used by Lincoln Ave. Animal Hospital through the late 1960s. [Signage for the business is pictured top right in February 1967.] Note the house next door to the pet clinic; this structure would also be used for business operations by La Casita Restaurant about 20 years later. Also, further down the road, on the south side of Lincoln Ave. is Troy's Burgers. These two businesses remain at their respective locations today.

After Lincoln Ave. Animal Hospital left this site, J.C. Optical [pictured bottom right in 2009] began operating out of this building at 203 E. Lincoln Ave. in 1973 and remains here today.

 

Lincoln Ave. Animal Hospital

J.C. Optical

     
4Marloc Manufacturing Co.: This is a view looking west on Lincoln Ave. [pictured right in February 1967] towards the bridge over the Santa Ana River. To the left is the Marloc Manufacturing Co. wrought iron factory / showroom which was in business at this location from the early 1960s through the early 1970s. Prior to that time, Arnold Otte ran a packing house at this site under the OTTE label from 1903 until 1961.   Marloc Mfg. Co.
     
4R.J. Noble Company: This company operates in the construction industry in the local area and in Corona, California. Their main plant [pictured right in 2009] was founded at this site in 1950, on the north side of Lincoln Ave., east of the Santa Ana River, which was then a part of Olive.   R.J. Noble Co.
     
4Oil Derrick: This wooden oil derrick [pictured right in June 1967] stood near the southeastern corner of Batavia St. at Lincoln Ave. from the 1910s until the late 1960s. This was one of several oil derricks in Olive, as drilling for oil was common in Orange County during the first quarter of the 20th Century.   Oil Derrick
     

 

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