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Online exhibits

Imagine traveling back in time! Place yourself South of Los Angeles, in rapidly developing Southern California. New shops, new business, and new opportunities.

Traveling through time in Santa Ana you would have seen tremendous changes between the mid 19th and early 20th centuries. Within these exhibits you will find a small sample of the documents and historical photos held by the Santa Ana History Room that will transport you through our city’s history.

As diverse as the people who came, so were the reasons they ended their journey in Santa Ana.

These historical photographs document:

  • Transportation
  • People
  • Recreation
  • Historical locales

Downtown

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As one of the first major cities in Orange County, Santa Ana set the pace for development.


Why They Traveled

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As diverse as the people who came, so were the reasons they completed the journey.

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