Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on February 10th 1870, The City of Anaheim was incorporated for the first time.
Did you know the City of Anaheim got its name by German Settlers?
Anaheim was founded in 1857 by a group of German settlers who gave it the German name meaning “home by the river.”
If you’re not familiar with that area the Santa River use to run by close to city of Anaheim, which is how home by river came about after being founded by German Settlers.
The settlers were part of a group who first came to the United States during the German Revolution of 1848 and settled in San Francisco. Fifty members of that German community decided to move south when they learned about an abundance of cheap land that was once part of a Spanish land grant.
The German colonists purchased the 1,165 acres of coastal plains for $2 an acre. Two of the Germans had a wine-making business.
Attracted by the area’s moderate climate, the settlers decided to make wine production the region’s economic foundation.
A civil engineer named George Hansen was hired to plan a carefully thought-out community with fences to protect the planned vineyards from roaming cattle.
Anaheim remained a prosperous wine producing region until the 1880s. During the period of 1860 to 1885, Anaheim wineries produced more than 1.25 million gallons of wine annually.
In the 1880s, a huge storm completely wiped out the vineyards, destroying a thriving business.
The orange and citrus industry was then developed and prospered, as did the city of Anaheim. The Southern California Fruit Growers Exchange, which was later renamed Sunkist, was organized in 1893.
The railroad had a positive effect on the city’s development. Railroad service was provided by the Southern Pacific Railway, which established itself in the city in 1875.
The Santa Fe Railroad followed soon after. The coming of the railroads permitted the city to expand to include other markets. Businesses prospered and the population grew.
Despite earlier failed attempts to become independent of the city of Los Angeles, Orange County was formed in 1889.
Beginning in the late 1920s the city underwent rapid industrial development. A huge flood in 1938 caused the creation of a program to control the Santa Ana River, and the Prado Dam was built upstream to regulate the flow of the sometimes violent waterway.
Today Anaheim is one the largest cities in Orange County and the fastest growing areas in California. The city is a mix of business, residential, and resort interests. As we celebrate how on February 10th 1870, The City of Anaheim was incorporated for the first time.
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