Santa Ana has been on the forefront of:
- Urban development
Santa Ana had long been the epicenter for what is now Orange County. With the introduction of the railroads south from Los Angeles, Santa Ana grew from a small agricultural town to a flourishing city by the early 1920's.
Santa Ana reflects many of the changes that were occurring throughout America and the development of the West. Industrialization, urbanization, and innovation are seen throughout the fabric that makes up Santa Ana.