Chris Jepsen

  • News

    May 24, 2012

    A Deliberately Vague Guide to OC Mines

    [Summer Guide 2012] Gold Rush history is as close as your back yard

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Mysteries of Brea Canyon: Portola Expedition

    ‚ÄčIf you've ever sped north through Brea Canyon Road on your way to the 57 freeway, or less likely to Diamond Bar, you've noticed a few things: massive oil derricks standing like silent sentinels along the cliffs, flotsam and jetsam dumped in the surrounding foliage, and flattened road kill. But th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2009

    Lee-ving Out Crucial OC Civil Rights History on the Anaheim Walk of Stars

    Legendary Olympian and longtime Orange County resident Sammy Lee was honored two days ago with a spot on the Anaheim Walk of Stars, and it was fascinating to see history in action in this day of Wikipedia, press releases, and the loss of institutional memory. The story in the Orange County Register ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2008

    First OC Book Signing for Orange County: A Personal History Mucho Success

    With apologies to Orange County Register sports genius Randy Youngman, notes, quotes and observations from my Sept. 18 book signing at the Yost Theater for my new book, Orange County: A Personal History: *About 500 people showed up to hear my lecture! About 500! I add the qualifier because the Yost ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2008

    What You Missed Over The Weekend Part XXIII

    This weekend Gustavo Arellano sharpened his writing pen and wrote a post calling-out historian Chris Jepsen for not referencing his pieces on a historical blog. Alex Brant-Zawadzki reported (again) on the continuing construction cost climb on estimates for the 241 Toll Road through Tressles. Been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2008

    Historical Hackery at its Worst

    Orange County has a notorious tradition of historians who subscribe to the Cult of the Orange Crate, the idea that our region's yesteryears are as immaculate as the images depicted on the labels of the long-gone citrus industry. This paper has long challenged such orthodoxy by publishing stories dea ... More >>