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Title: New Book Shows Historical Images of O.C. Author: Annie Burris Publication: O.C. Register Date: 11/21/2008 A Huntington Beach author recently published a book and postcards featuring more than 200 vintage images of Orange County. Chris Epting's 12th book, Vanishing Orange County has pictures that date back to the county's separation from Los Angeles in 1889. Epting said he hopes the book will inspire people to think twice before tearing down historical buildings. Pictured on the cover is the old Buffalo Ranch, a Newport tourist attraction that opened in 1955. Families could drive around the ranch, watch buffalo graze, visit a Native American village and eat buffalo burgers. By the 1970s, the place had closed, and most of the remaining buffalo had been shipped off to Catalina, where some offspring probably still roam, Epting wrote in his book. Highlights from the book include pictures of The Golden Bear nightclub in Huntington Beach, Japanese Village Deer Park in Buena Park, and Lion Country Safari in Irvine. There are also images of farmlands with oranges, lemons, avocados and walnuts. Epting has written and compiled images for the books: Images of America: Huntington Beach; Then & Now: Huntington Beach, Roadside Baseball and James Dean Died Here. He lives here in Surf City with his wife and two children. The book is available through Arcadia Publishing at 888-313-2665. --O.C. Register

About the Author

Chris Epting is the author of 12 books, including Images of America: Huntington Beach and Then & Now: Huntington Beach, as well as Roadside Baseball and James Dean Died Here. He also writes the weekly "In the Pipeline" column for the Huntington Beach Independent. He lives in Huntington Beach with his wife and their two children.
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Product Details

  • Series: Images of America
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (November 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738559741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738559742
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,175,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Epting is the author of 25 travel/history books, including James Dean Died Here (Santa Monica Press), Roadside Baseball (McGraw Hill) and most recently Hello It's Me, Dispatches From a Pop Culture Junkie (Santa Monica Press). He is also an award-winning travel writer and has contributed articles for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Westways and Travel + Lesiure magazine, and writes a weekly newspaper column for the Huntington Beach Independent. In addition, Chris is a veteran music journalist and hosts and produces the weekly syndicated radio show, "music." Originally from New York, Chris now lives in Huntington Beach, California with his wife and their two children.

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By Angela C. on May 18, 2015
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Not all of the pictures are fantastic, but there is a wealth of information in this book. My aunt and I each spent half an hour reading and laughing over places we remembered. It was a great walk down memory lane. Orange County has changed a lot over the past years.

I would have enjoyed seeing a few side by side pictures to see a better idea of how it looks vs how it was. There is a lot that was touched in this book. There seems to be a lot of pictures of the Anaheim flood. I would have liked to see a little more of other places vs. so many flood pictures.

All in all, it is a good book.
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By Michael McGourty on April 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
As a life long resident of "the OC" I found this book to be a very fun little romp down memory lane. It was also very neat to see some of the things that were around hear before I was born. Its a good document to show you that, wow things sure have changed...
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I purchased the book and the calendar. I was disappointed at the photos selected for the calendar. There were clearly many more picture that are more representative of "vanishing" orange county to choose from. Don't recommend this calendar.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Valorie Joyner on February 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
It's well written - photos aren't that well printede. I ordered it and awaited it's arrival - and there it was as a counter promotion at my local Ace Hardware store. For less than I ordered it for. Not too happy.
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