Yorba Linda History

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close this bookRancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Collection
View the documentBotanic Garden and Herbarium Being Created in Santa Ana Canyon
Yorba Linda Star April 5 1929 page 1
View the documentMrs. Bryant Again Entertains Lemon Men's Club at Field Day Meeting
The California Citrograph June 1933
View the documentLocal Ranch is Sanctuary for Flora of State
Yorba Linda Star April 20 1934 page 1
View the documentPasture Fire on Bryant Ranch Burns 9 Hours, 160 Acres
Yorba Linda Star June 17 1938 page 1
View the documentRancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Developing into Institution for Serious Scientific Research
Yorba Linda Star April 28 1939 page 5
View the documentCounty Home Makers Today Make Tour of Botanic Gardens
Yorba Linda Star May 5 1939 page 1
View the documentBig Grass Fire Covers 400 Acres of Bryant Ranch
Yorba Linda Star September 20 1940 page 1
View the documentFire Sweeps S.A. Canyon and Hills; North Edge Y.L. Singed
Yorba Linda Star November 12 1943
View the documentA Short History of the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
by Philip A. Munz,
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden of the Native Plants of California May 1947
View the documentRancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens to be Open to Public
Yorba Linda Star March 26 1948 page 1
View the documentBotanical Garden Opens to Public
Yorba Linda Star March 25 1949 page 1
View the documentBotanic Garden to Open to Visitors
Yorba Linda Star March 17 1950 page 1
View the documentBryant Ranch Tentative Tract Map Approved Following Council Discussion on Area Roads
Yorba Linda Star October 7 1978 page 1
View the documentControversial Bryant Ranch as Yet Remains Untouched
Yorba Linda Star March 23 1979 page 3
View the documentHistoric Home Subject of City Excursion
Yorba Linda Star February 29 1984 page 1
View the documentBryant Ranch Property: A Look at Its Past
Yorba Linda Star March 7 1984 page 3
View the documentSusanna Bryant Leaves Botanic Legacy
Yorba Linda Star March 14 1984 page 6
View the documentBryant Ranch Project Enters First Phase
Yorba Linda Star January 30 1985 page 5
View the documentBryant Ranch Slated to be Museum
Yorba Linda Star January 7 1987 page 1
View the documentYorba Ranch Building to be Salvaged
Yorba Linda Star February 4 1987 page 1
View the documentBryant Ranch House Museum Opens
Yorba Linda Star February 26 1988 page 3
View the documentRanch House has a History
Yorba Linda Star December 14 1995 page 8
View the documentBryant Ranch House to Vie for National Registry
Yorba Linda Star October 17 1996 page 1

Bryant Ranch House to Vie for National Registry

Yorba Linda Star October 17 1996 page 1   Open this page in a new window

The Planning Commission at its Oct. 9 meeting unanimously approved plans to restore the historic Bryant Ranch House to its original glory.

If restored to its “historically correct” condition, using the same type of building materials and construction techniques common during the era in which the 85-year-old house was built, Bryant Ranch House will become eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

Once restored, the Craftsman-style ranch house will also be used as a small museum by the Yorba Linda Historical Society and Heritage Museum.

“This is great!” Bea Guinn, Yorba Linda Historical Society member exclaimed. “I'm very happy with the Planning Commission's approval.”

“It's a wonderful project,” agreed Commissioner Robert Clemmer during the meeting. “It's something we can all be enthusiastic about.”

Commissioner Kenneth Ryan said the project was a “great opportunity for the city,” and commended city planner Dan Dooley for doing a “great job” with the project's coordinators.

To be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, the ranch must be restored to its original, circa 1913, appearance.

Over the past several months, Dooley worked closely with members of the Bryant Ranch Restoration Committee and Pacific Heritage Developers, who will manage the actual restoration project.

They gathered old photos, documentation and other physical evidence in order to correctly document the original appearance of the house. At the meeting, Dooley also presented a videotape of the ranch taken during the early 1950s by Owen Johnson, whose family worked and lived on the ranch during that time.

Project historian Diane Marsh wrote the application for the National Register of Historic Places. She and Dooley will attend a public hearing by the State Historic Resources Commission on Nov. 8 in Colusa, California.

The commission will decide whether Bryant Ranch House is nominated for the National Register. If approved, the nomination then makes its final review at the Department of Interior in Washington D.C.

As one of the last remaining examples of early California ranch houses in Southern California, the Bryant Ranch House located on the corner of La Palma Avenue and Camino de Bryant was also significant for its nationally recognized botanic garden.

Founded by Susanna Bixby-Bryant in 1920, the 200-acre botanic garden on Rancho Santa Ana was designed as a scientific institution for the study of native California flora. It was the second botanic garden in the nation to be credited as a museum. In 1952, the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden moved from Yorba Linda—but it still exists today in the city of Claremont.

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