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San Juan Capistrano Historical Society Celebrates 50 Years of Preservation

The Capistrano Dispatch has a great article celebrating the 50th anniversary of the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society. From the article:

The Historical Society celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. What started as a subcommittee of the Chamber of Commerce has grown to become a collection of some of the city’s most definitive and enthusiastic [...]

Los Rios Historic Center Moves Closer to Completion

The OC Register has a nice article about the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society and its project to restore three early adobes that (combined with the O’Neill Museum) will become the Los Rios Historic Center.

The buildings are the 1918 Arley Leck bungalow, the 1890s Oyharzabal House and the 1794 Jose Maria Silvas Adobe. They [...]

Ghosts of Orange County: 3. Los Rios Street

To celebrate Halloween, Rancho Ortega Blog is counting down the ten most haunted locations in Orange County. If you missed any of our earlier installments, you can find them at the links below:

10. Katie Wheeler Library and the “Lady in Blue.”

9. John Wayne and the Wild Goose Yacht

8. Disneyland and Knott’s Berry [...]