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City of Orange turns 120

Celebrations will kick off Saturday
April 5, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The city of Orange will celebrate its 120th year today with the ringing of a newly cast El Camino Real bell at the Main Library & History Center. The unveiling of the bell is set for 11 a.m. at 407 E. Chapman Ave. The bell is a reproduction of the bells that were placed along the old El Camino Real linking the 21 Franciscan Missions in the 1800s.

"It's appropriate that it's being put there," John Kolstad of California Bells, the company that cast the bell, told the Orange County Register. "Chapman Avenue is part of that route."

The bell cost about $2,200 and was funded by a local chapter of The Questers, a local group that supports preservation projects, the Register reported.

Orange was incorporated on April 6, 1888, even though the town's central plaza was laid out nearly 20 years earlier by city founders Alfred Chapman and Andrew Glassell.

Mayor Carolyn Cavecche, who is slated to give a short speech at the dedication, said the city is planning a larger celebration for the city's 125th anniversary.

 

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