Wednesday, February 8, 2012

1986 Survey of Orange County's historic Japanese American sites

   Orange County's Japanese American Council conducted a survey in 1986 of pre-World War II Japanese-related sites.  "Orange County's first Japanese pioneers arrived in the 1890s, but it was not until the early 1900s that they began to have an impact on the County.  Churches and schools served as focal points for small Japanese American communities that developed throughout the County.  By 1940, more than 1800 Japanese Americans lived here, farming over 11,000 acres."

The front side of the Orange County Japanese American Council's 1986 "Historic Building Survey" has the Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Mission as the featured property.

   Many of the buildings included in the 1986 survey no longer exist.  The Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Mission is highlighted on the survey brochure cover and listed as number one on the survey. 

The majority of Japanese American historic buildings listed on the 1986 survey have since been lost to demolition and redevelopment.

See the brochure at

Furuta family home, circa 2007, facing what once was Wintersburg Avenue, now Warner Avenue.  The windows are boarded up, although there is still a hint of the meticulously maintained gardens.

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