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.