George Jeffery Road
George Jeffery, far left, reviews road plans with colleagues. Photo courtesy of Orange County Archives

How Jeffrey Road got its name

by Tracy Childs

He was known as “The Road Builder.” But long before he earned that nickname, George Jeffrey was a lima bean farmer on The Irvine Ranch. In 1897, the Scottish native settled on the ranch and leased land from Irvine Company. In 1922, Jeffrey won a seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors and became a champion of local road design and construction. His efforts include Irvine Boulevard and Ortega Highway, among others. As you’ve probably guessed, Jeffrey Road was named in his honor. Today’s modern road serves numerous villages in Irvine’s central core — and is home to the beautiful Jeffrey Open Space Trail.