Artifacts of Danger: Crucifix With a Bullet Hole

Mission San Juan Capistrano owns a sinister relic: a silver crucifix with a bullet hole over the body of Christ. A San Juan Capistrano resident, involved in an altercation unrelated to the church, visited the chapel to calm down, but instead shot off his gun. One bullet hit the crucifix and destroyed the figure’s halo. He offered restitution, but a church official decided to leave the hole as an illustration of the perils of temper unrestrained. At least, that’s one explanation. 26801 Ortega Highway, 949-234-1300, msjsanjuan.com

I’ve Been Looking For…Walt Disney Arcana

Of course, there’s Disneyland. But there’s a little bit of Walt’s California beginnings up the road in Garden Grove. That’s where you’ll find the modest garage he used as his first workspace when he and brother Roy moved from Kansas City in 1923.

Undercover: Thousand Steps Sea Cave

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

Inconspicuous Art: Miniature Reproduction of the Old Laguna Beach Art Gallery

Lower-level gallery near the back staircase, Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949-494-8971, lagunaartmuseum.org

A Graffiti Covered Tunnel in Irvine You Probably Don’t Know About

Chances are, you’ve passed over this hidden tunnel many times without realizing it was below.

Architecture: Notable Buildings You May Not Know

This 1995 Frank Gehry-designed, Anaheim hockey arena is the Ducks’ practice facility and is used for public skating. The ceiling’s curving woodwork is emblematic of Gehry.

More Hidden Orange County: “Intolerable” Bridge

In a national survey released this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation tagged more than 50 local bridges as “structurally deficient,” which, we have been assured, is a technical term that includes such deficiencies as needing a paint job; it doesn’t mean that they’re not safe.

Unexpected Findings Under the Waters of Orange County

Lots of things turn up in and around the ocean. Some you’d expect—others, not so much.

History: Benjamin Harrison

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.”

Inconspicuous Art: Feathered Currency Roll

By: Artist unknown, late-19th to mid-20th century