Olive Through the Ages

Tour of Olive: Section B

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Section B

1Campsite of Anza marker: The plaque tells of Juan Bautista de Anza and his party's campsite in this general location on January 7, 1776, en route to San Diego [see 2012 image at right]. The marker, located on the Santa Ana River trail along East Riverdale Avenue near Orange-Olive Road, was remade from the original one that was installed in 1976 on Riverdale, at the point where Orange-Olive Road ends.   Campsite for Anza marker

2Peralta Hills: According to historian Gordon T. McClelland, reknowned artist Wayne La Com painted the watercolor, "Peralta Hills," [at right] in the early 1940s. The site of this painting was likely near the Peralta Hills community today on land that was once a part of Olive, CA.

At the time of this painting, the Peralta Hills Estates was not yet formed. From the 1920s through 1950s, the area was mostly rural.

The Peralta Hills community, located off E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd. where it meets N. Santiago Blvd. at S. Lakeview Blvd., is identified on the Remie Map from circa 1945 [at right]. The community is located on the Peralta Hills ridge of hills which geographically begins at Burruel Point (near the Olive Hills Dog Park today in the Nohl Ranch area), and extends eastward to the Santa Ana Mountains.


Peralta Hills by Wayne La Com

Peralta Hills on Remie Map from c1945


3S.A.V.I. Co. Canal: Remnants of the Santa Ana Valley Irrigation Company canal from the 1890s and wooden bridges that spanned the canal can still be found alongside the Santa Ana Canyon Road in present day Anaheim Hills, CA [see 2011 image at right]. The canal had its origins in the Tomás Yorba irrigation ditch of 1825 which started from the Santa Ana River, west of present day Imperial Highway on land that was once a part of Olive, CA.

  S.A.V.I. Co. canal artifacts

4Marker for one of the first public schools in Orange County, CA: One of the first public schools in Orange County, CA was built in 1867 on the north side of present day Santa Ana Canyon Road, west of Imperial Highway [see 2014 image at right designating the site of this historical structure]. From the early 1900s up to the 1950s, the site on which the school was built was regarded as being a part of Olive.

  1867 public school site marker
5Knowlwood Restaurant: This original restaurant in the family-owned chain was named Orangewood Ranch when it was founded in 1957 by Faye Knowlton and Walter Wood. The name changed to Knowlwood in 1962, and in the following year Wood sold his half of the business to the Knowlton family. (Source: Orange County Register, October 19, 2014.) In its early years, the site of this restaurant on La Palma Avenue in Anaheim Hills, CA [see 2016 image at right] marked the eastern-most edge of the town of Olive, just west of Imperial Highway.   Knowlwood sits at the farthest eastern side of old Olive

6Extended Map of Santa Ana Canyon near Olive: This portion of a 1916 road map includes sites relevant to Olive and this website: Ramon Peralta Adobe built in 1871 which became Mac's Canyon Cafe in the 1950s; Historic Yorba Cemetery; Bernardo Yorba Hacienda marker; and section of the Santa Ana River near Horse Shoe Bend where William Wendt created his "Santa Ana River" oil painting in 1928.

  1916 map of Olive and surrounding area


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