On Aug. 20, 1892, an armed, hooded mob in Santa Ana absconded with jailed murder suspect Francisco Torres. They pinned a crude sign saying “change of venue” to his chest, and lynched him at Fourth and Sycamore streets. Torres, a laborer arrested in the killing of his employer at a South County ranch, had claimed self-defense. No one was ever held accountable in the notorious incident, and nothing at the intersection acknowledges it ever happened.
Co-founded by sisters Rachael and Natalie Dickens, this comprehensive fashion and beauty website is a zine tailored for Orange County women. It features weekly layouts of the latest trends, a daily “Look of the Day,” and how-to’s on makeup, hair, and skin care. Its “Ultimate OC Style-List” is a roundup of their picks for best-of-the-best boutiques and beauty professionals to help you define your personal style. ocstylereport.com
This tongue-in-cheek 1970 marker honors a never-built, Frank Lloyd Wright Jr.-designed tower. Wright Jr., award-winning architect of the Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes and son of the more legendary architect, proposed a stylized 94-foot oil derrick tower at the shopping center and gas station he designed. Locals didn’t like it, however, and developer Stanley Fann put a tombstone on the site proclaiming “its defeat is symbolic of the democratic process.” In the bushes behind the Arco station at Springdale Street and Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach
A secret burger at Umami Burger, hidden spots for delicious brunch dishes and Mediterranean food, off-the-menu items and more!

Cool factor: Probably Orange County’s most dramatic cave landscape. The entrance takes you into the rocky cliffs at this South Laguna beach. Visit during low tide when access is easier and safer.
Where to find: Concrete stairs at Ninth Avenue and South Coast Highway to Thousand Steps Beach, walk to the south end

Lots of things turn up in and around the ocean. Some you’d expect—others, not so much.
By: Artist unknown, late-19th to mid-20th century
Kevin Dubrow - Lead singer of heavy-metal band Quiet Riot, Pacific View Memorial Park, Corona del Mar
On an 1891 whistle-stop tour of the West, our 23rd president received a rousing welcome at the Santa Ana train station. The crowd swelled to nearly 5,000 for this first county visit by a sitting president. Even The Standard, the local Democratic newspaper, said of the Republican president’s speech: “We enjoyed the occasion as much as anyone.”
Laguna Beach’s Tyler Russell, CEO of The Escape Bus, tells about his mobile escape room in a renovated yellow school bus.