*Updated April 2018*
In 1893, Chicago hosted the World's Columbian Exposition---a 630-acre international world's fair of extraordinary scope and the subject of a multitude of books and documentaries. The four Southern California counties banded together to create the Southern California World's Fair Association, joining their exhibits in the Columbian Exposition's California Building.
Because Winters' name was with the exhibit, he received "a large correspondence from incredulous and inquiring observers, which he personally answered." Winters went on to display the agricultural wealth of Wintersburg Village at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and at county fairs.
The name of Henry Winters was lost from Wintersburg Road as the farming areas of Orange County developed. Wintersburg Road was renamed Warner Avenue after Orange County Supervisor Willis Warner.
RIGHT: Fountain Valley's first mayor, James Kanno, with Orange County supervisor Willis Warner and other city and county officials at the Warner Avenue bridge dedication, circa 1961. James Kanno's father, Shuji Kanno, was an elder in the Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Mission and James Kanno attended Sunday school at the Mission. He was the second Japanese American mayor in the United States, receiving national attention when he was elected to Fountain Valley's first city council. (Photo, Los Angeles Herald Negatives Collection)
UPDATE: In 2018, archaeologists turned up remnants of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, the fabled White City that drew millions of visitors to Chicago’s Jackson Park, as they investigated the planned site of the Obama Presidential Center and nearby parkland as part of the federal review of plans. Read http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kamin/ct-met-obama-center-artifacts-kamin-0325-story.html
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