The Founding of Santa Ana 1869!


The 3rd Floor Exhibit Hall Display will feature photographs and information about the founding of Santa Ana 150 years ago.   

William H. Spurgeon and a partner named Ward Bradford bought 74 acres from Jacob Ross, and Spurgeon used his half to found a new town he called Santa Ana in 1869.

Before that year was out he had opened a store, petitioned for a post office, and convinced the stage company to run their stagecoaches through his new town.  

The Old Courthouse Museum Society and OC Parks Partner with Alzheimer's OC!

   Memories in the Making®, the signature art program of Alzheimer’s Orange County (ALZOC®), was created to provide a meaningful activity for persons with dementia, while focusing on creative expression as a form of communication. With the stroke of a paintbrush participants are able to express themselves, often painting memories from long ago or images that represent their hobbies and passions. When words fail, art speaks!
The OCMS Board is pleased to announce that the Old Courthouse will participate in this outstanding program in partnership with OCParks and Alzheimer's Orange County. For more information about the program, check out their website, https://www.alzoc.org/services/mim/   At a future date, the participant's artwork will be available for purchase with proceeds going to support the many critical programs administered by Alzheimer's OC!



Parking is available in Lot P 8, located between Santa Ana Blvd. and 5th Street.  The official address is 405 W 5th Street.