They used to call O.C. “Reagan Country.” When did The Gipper first visit?

Ronald Reagan first came to Orange County in the early 1940s, while filming the Depression-themed melodrama “Juke Girl” with Ann Sheridan. The production spent several weeks on the Beggs Ranch along Hazard Avenue, between Magnolia and Brookhurst, in Garden Grove. Reagan played a migrant farm worker who’s framed for murder while fighting a greedy packinghouse owner. Support from Orange County later played a pivotal role in Reagan’s gubernatorial and presidential campaigns. He often referred to the county as “the place where all the good Republicans go to die,” though we’re still confused about whether that’s a compliment.

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