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O.C. Answer Man: When and where did Orange County get its first traffic signal?

The earliest confirmed instance I’ve found is a simple flashing light atop a signpost at the center of the intersection at...

O.C. Answer Man: ‘Carbondale’ is a California Historical Landmark. What is it?

Chris Jepsen is the Answer Man. Have a question? Send it to cjepsen@socal.rr.com

Answer Man: Did that symbol of Orange County, the Valencia orange, originate in Valencia,...

The Valencia orange, which dominated our economy for half a century, originated in...

O.C. Answer Man: Orange County was named for its orange groves, right?

Oranges were exotic curiosities to most Americans, who were lucky to get one a year in their Christmas stocking.

O.C. Answer Man: Why does Orange County have so many eucalyptus trees?

In 1895, state forester Abbot Kinney wrote a book extolling the fast-growing tree’s commercial potential. He claimed, incorrectly, that eucalyptus wood...

O.C. Answer Man: Is there a rule about skimpy bathing suits in Newport Beach?

Here's what the Newport Beach municipal code dictates regarding skimpy bathing suits at the beach.

Answer Man: What’s the origin of the Balboa Island Ferry?

In the early 1900s, real estate developers underwrote temporary ferry services from Balboa (the end of the trolley line from L.A.) to the subdivisions around Newport Bay.

Answer Man: Whatever happened to Monkey Island in La Habra?

After World War II, citrus grower F. Dewey Lockman created a lake with an island in its center near the northeast corner of Imperial Highway and Idaho Street.

O.C. Answer Man: Why am I seeing bare feet everywhere now?

Q: Why am I seeing bare feet everywhere now? A: Bare feet are the ultimate in casual at a time when being casual signifies status. CEOs wear T-shirts while...

O.C. Answer Man: Who was Irvine’s Culver Drive named for?

What's the history behind this increasingly busy and crowded road that runs through central Irvine?