Santa Ana the Early Years

Imagine traveling back into time.
Place yourself South of Los Angeles,

In rapidly developing Southern California.
New shops, new business, and new opportunities.

Traveling through Santa Ana you would have seen tremendous transformations between the mid 19th and early 20th centuries. Within this exhibit you will behold a small sample of the documents and historical photos held by the Santa Ana History Room that will transport you through time, if only for a moment.

These historical photographs document:

  • transportation,
  • people,
  • recreation, and
  • historical locales.


4th Street

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

How they traveled

Santa Fe Train

Between 1890 and 1930 the modes of travel to Santa Ana changed drastically. From horse to flight Santa Ana witnessed tremendous historical change.

Why they traveled

Birch Park

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