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Anaheim History, California

 A Massive Rural Community of The Past Anaheim, a city in the orange Country of California, US it is ranked as the 54th most populated city of the country. The city was founded in 1857 by fifty German families and got incorporated on February 10, 1870. The limits of the city stretch from the Riverside County line in the east to the Cypress in the west. 

How Anaheim got its name?

It was the wine makers and the grape farmers from the region of Franconia in Bavaria, who founded Anaheim in 1857. Daniel Kraemer was the first settler and the entire community settled in an area of 4.71 sq km. The community was voted to call Anaheim, which meant “Santa Anna River” in German, by the settlers. The name of the community was later changed to the proposed name (Anaheim). In 1880, an insect pest destroyed the grape industry, but the region paved the way for other crops like oranges, lemons and walnuts. 

Anaheim: A model Klan City

Ku Klux Klan decided to make the city of Anaheim a model Klan city in 1920 after he was at the height of popularity and influence. Klan managed getting four of its members secretly elected to the five-member Board of Trustees.

 Bennett’s idea for orange groves irrigation

Anaheim was initially a massive rural community before the 20th century and was inhabited mostly by orange groves and their respective landowners. Bennett Payne Baxter was a famous landowner, who owned a huge amount of land in Northeast part of Anaheim. Today, that part of land is known as the famous Edison Park. Bennett discovered many new ideas of irrigating his orange groves, which he shared with the other landowners.  In fact, Ben Baxter was successful individually and he also helped other business people to succeed along with him. This gradually made Anaheim a thriving rural community and later it was the Disneyland, which completely changed the face of this city. The street running along the Edison Park has been named as the Baxter Street (after Payne Baxter). 

Rudolf Boysen: Anaheim’s first park superintendent

During the period of 1921 to 1950, Rudolf Boysen served as the first park Superintendent of Anaheim during the time of Baxter. He created the famous Walter Knott, a hybrid berry later known as the boysenberry. The Boysen Park situated at East Anaheim has been named after Rudolf Boysen. 

Disney Theme Park

The famous Disney theme park, Anaheim’s larges attraction for tourist, was constructed during the period of 1954 to 1955. The place of its construction was formerly an area where walnut and orange were cultivated and some of such trees still remain the property of Disneyland.

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