Street Stories & Orange Growers

Street Stories
  • Adele, Alberta, Claudina, Emily, Mavis, Paulina, Sabrina and Whilhelmina Streets honor early Anaheim's pioneer women.
  • Clementine and Helena Streets are named for Clementine Langenberger, one of the town's original settlers, and Helen Modjeska, the famous Polish actress. The 2 streets are located next to each other to symbolize their close friendship.
  • Kroeger Street was dedicated to Henry Kroeger who built the Anaheim Hotel. He also served as one of the city's first mayors.
  • Zeyn Street was named for J.P. Zeyn, an early farmer who also served as mayor.
  • Katella Avenue is a combination of the names of Kate and Ella Rae. Kate founded the Anaheim Red Cross Chapter, and Ella was the first chairperson of the library board.
  • Atchinson, Topeka and Santa Fe Streets were named for the railroad line that linked Anaheim to the East. Judy Garland made the route famous when she sang about the line in the movie musical "The Harvey Girls."
  • Melrose Street commemorates Richard Melrose, city attorney in the late 1800s. He would go on to a controversial career in the State Assembly. He received the praise of President Theodore Roosevelt for leading the opposition against the Drew Bill, which would have prohibited the Japanese Americans from owning property and attending public schools.
Anaheim's Gold 
Between 1880 and 1960, Anaheim was host to several orange growers and processors who used their orange crate labels to identify their brand and advertise a golden California lifestyle. Some of the more notable growers and processors were:
  • Anaheim Orchid
  • Anaheim Supreme
  • Autumn Leaf
  • Balboa
  • Barony
  • Blue Vase
  • Caramia
  • Colonial Mother
  • Doria
  • El Pajo Real
  • Favorita
  • Hi-Class
  • Lincoln
  • Man O' War
  • Meritoria
  • Mother Colony
  • Nightcap
  • Pride of Anaheim
  • Red Breast
  • Siren
  • Sonia
Anaheim orange growers pitch in to help the war effort during the early 1940s.