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Santa Ana Valley

The Santa Ana Valley is located in Orange County, California and is bisected by the Santa Ana River. The valley is home to most of Orange County’s central business districts. Cities such as Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Irvine, Orange, Santa Ana, Yorba Linda, and San Juan Capistrano are located in the Santa Ana Valley.


This valley was named Vallejo de Santa Ana in 1769 after the Gaspar de Portola expedtion, of which Friar Junípero Serra was a part of, as well as Sargeant Jose Antonio Yorba, and José Manuel Nieto. In 1776, Mission San Juan Capistrano was established within this valley, in what is now the modern-day city of San Juan Capistrano.

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