You can still stand at the epicenter of the old Irvine Ranch — once one of the most fertile farms in America.
A Look Back
This Irvine Service Station stood on Central Avenue (now Sand Canyon) in Old Town Irvine – near the coffee shop, where regulars had their own mugs, and the Irvine Store, where farmers picked up mail from 92 brass post office boxes.
Did you know that James Irvine II dug 44 deep-water wells and laid 30 miles of concrete pipe to irrigate the arid Irvine Ranch for…
Did you know that Culver Drive – the backbone of Irvine – is named for a man whose own backbone was so disabled he was…
Did you know that Bommer Canyon once was the site of an annual cattle roundup?
Did you know that California’s first recorded flight started on an Irvine bean field in 1909? Young aviator Glenn Martin (pictured right) lifted up just…
Ever wonder why a park in Orange is called Irvine Regional Park?
From this small office, James H. Irvine transformed the Irvine Ranch from grazing land to farmland.
Did you know that many students arrived barefoot to Irvine’s first school?