Citrus Powered the Economy of Orange County for over a half century Induced by ``a Romance``
This is a compelling story about the romance with the orange. It generated a migration of those seeking a healthier and better lifestyle to California spurred by the Southern Pacific Company which in aggregate this movement emerged into an economic powerhouse. Citrus powered the economy of Orange County for well over a half century. The sequential story unfolds plus a mural of photos with “the place”, “the people, and the pride of participating in this aura.” It progresses from growing citrus, harvesting the golden fruit, packing and selling (covering 80 packinghouses and the names of many growers), icing and transporting about a million carloads, banking the “citrus gold” amounting to $1.2 billion (1923-1959), citrus linkage, the water companies and ending with citrus culture. The “citrus romance cycle” left many legacies which have and will enhance the lives of those living in Orange County for future generations. This illustrated story is enlightening on how it brings history alive, and into our present time.