The legendary farmer of Culver’s Corner

(Photo courtesy of the Irvine Historical Society.)

Did you know that Culver Drive – the backbone of Irvine – is named for a man whose own backbone was so disabled he was called Humpy? Fred Culver suffered from severe kyphosis, the condition of someone called a hunchback. Yet he farmed 3,000 acres with his 30-mule team and in 1910 built this home with a water tower that could be seen from Tustin. Today it would be the intersection of the 5 Freeway and Culver Drive, but then it was the crossroads of Trabuco Road, Highway 101 and Culver Road – known to all as Culver’s Corner.