Yorba Linda History

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close this bookRancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Collection
View the documentBotanic Garden and Herbarium Being Created in Santa Ana Canyon
Yorba Linda Star April 5 1929 page 1
View the documentMrs. Bryant Again Entertains Lemon Men's Club at Field Day Meeting
The California Citrograph June 1933
View the documentLocal Ranch is Sanctuary for Flora of State
Yorba Linda Star April 20 1934 page 1
View the documentPasture Fire on Bryant Ranch Burns 9 Hours, 160 Acres
Yorba Linda Star June 17 1938 page 1
View the documentRancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Developing into Institution for Serious Scientific Research
Yorba Linda Star April 28 1939 page 5
View the documentCounty Home Makers Today Make Tour of Botanic Gardens
Yorba Linda Star May 5 1939 page 1
View the documentBig Grass Fire Covers 400 Acres of Bryant Ranch
Yorba Linda Star September 20 1940 page 1
View the documentFire Sweeps S.A. Canyon and Hills; North Edge Y.L. Singed
Yorba Linda Star November 12 1943
View the documentA Short History of the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
by Philip A. Munz,
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden of the Native Plants of California May 1947
View the documentRancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens to be Open to Public
Yorba Linda Star March 26 1948 page 1
View the documentBotanical Garden Opens to Public
Yorba Linda Star March 25 1949 page 1
View the documentBotanic Garden to Open to Visitors
Yorba Linda Star March 17 1950 page 1
View the documentBryant Ranch Tentative Tract Map Approved Following Council Discussion on Area Roads
Yorba Linda Star October 7 1978 page 1
View the documentControversial Bryant Ranch as Yet Remains Untouched
Yorba Linda Star March 23 1979 page 3
View the documentHistoric Home Subject of City Excursion
Yorba Linda Star February 29 1984 page 1
View the documentBryant Ranch Property: A Look at Its Past
Yorba Linda Star March 7 1984 page 3
View the documentSusanna Bryant Leaves Botanic Legacy
Yorba Linda Star March 14 1984 page 6
View the documentBryant Ranch Project Enters First Phase
Yorba Linda Star January 30 1985 page 5
View the documentBryant Ranch Slated to be Museum
Yorba Linda Star January 7 1987 page 1
View the documentYorba Ranch Building to be Salvaged
Yorba Linda Star February 4 1987 page 1
View the documentBryant Ranch House Museum Opens
Yorba Linda Star February 26 1988 page 3
View the documentRanch House has a History
Yorba Linda Star December 14 1995 page 8
View the documentBryant Ranch House to Vie for National Registry
Yorba Linda Star October 17 1996 page 1

Bryant Ranch Slated to be Museum

Yorba Linda Star January 7 1987 page 1   Open this page in a new window

The Bryant Ranch building gutted by fire on Dec. 29 was a potential site for a Yorba Linda community center and museum, city officials said earlier this week.

CW Associates of Newport Beach, owners of the building, were planning to give title of the building to the city within two years, said community development director Phil Paxton. A report on the status of the building was postponed at Monday might's City Council meeting due to the absence of Councilman Todd Murphy, who was scheduled to present the report.

The building, an old ranch house located off La Palma Avenue, was gutted by a blaze at about 2:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 29, according to county fire department reports. Arson is the suspected cause of the fire, which resulted in nearly $100,000 in structural damage to the abandoned building.

Although the building is not a registered historical site, it dates back to the 1920s when the Bryant Ranch was one of the largest such operations in Orange County. In the 1940s, the building was used as a recreational facility and lecture hall.

Paxton said no formal proposal for either a community center or museum had been made by the city largely because the city would not get title to the building for at least two years. CW planned to give the building and some surrounding land to the city as part of an agreement when the company purchased the 4,500-acre site in 1977, said Paxton.

Paxton said city officials are waiting for a final report from the fire department on the fire. Preliminary inspection indicates that the majority of the first floor of the building sustained only minor damage. Paxton said, while at least one-quarter of the upper floor was gutted.

“If it's (the building) salvageable, it is still a great location,” said Paxton. “But I don't think we're going to act with any haste. There's no urgency.”

In other business at Monday night's council meeting, tract maps and neighborhood problems will be pushed aside for one night in February when the council devotes an entire meeting to discussing the city's traffic problems. The special meeting is scheduled for Feb. 16.

“The council has felt a groundswell movement recently for some discussion of traffic problems,”

said Mayor Irwin Fried. “We want to illustrate that we're not ignorant of (traffic) problems, and that's a matter of timing. Something will happen in this or the next fiscal year.”

Fried said the special meeting will feature a discussion of regional traffic problems affecting Yorba Linda, as well as staff analysis of problems and timeframes for solving them.

Also at Monday night's meeting, the council—with Murphy and Roland Bigonger—unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance to ban the use, sale, and possession of so-called safe and sane fireworks within city limits.

The ordinance, requested by a majority of voters during the November elections, would make Yorba Linda the 11th Orange County city to ban safe and sane fireworks defined as those that do not explode or travel through the air or on the ground. The ordinance is expected to receive final approval at the council's Jan. 19 meeting.

The next meeting of the Yorba Linda City Council is slated to begin at 6:30 P.M Monday, Jan. 19.

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