March 2020 General Meeting: Early Motorcycling in Southern California

“Outdoor Motorcycle Recreation in Pre-World War II California” will be the topic of historian and OCHS member Paul Clark’s presentation at the March 12, 2020 meeting of the Orange County Historical Society.

7:30p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church
2400 N. Canal St., Orange.

The public is welcome to this free event.

(Please note that this program replaces a previously planned program on Cinderella Homes, which will likely be rescheduled at a later date.)

Horse power took on new meaning around 1900, with motorized vehicles transforming transport and life throughout California and the world. Motorcycles were part of this movement away from the horse and buggy, leaving many (literally and/or figuratively) in the dust. Southern California’s climate welcomed outdoor sports, and soon motorcycling attracted the interest of newspapers, radio, and eventually motion pictures. Local motorcycling events began to draw tens of thousands of spectators.

Not only were there massive group rides down the coast and races, but also wildly-popular “hill rides” where riders pitted their stamina and engines against gravity. The 1923 Capistrano Hill Ride, for instance, drew 50,000 spectators.

Paul Clark, as a graduate student at CSU Fullerton, co-authored a report in 1978 to the Federal government spanning the wide range of outdoor recreation in the California desert. Since then, he completed his MA in history and has published extensively on recreational history. The recent Brand Book 23 of the Los Angeles Corral of Westerners features Clark’s article focusing on outdoor motorcycle recreation in California from 1900 to 1945.

Portola Hike through O’Neill Park and Lone Hill – In Honor of Phil Brigandi

Join Orange County Historian Eric Plunkett and Trail Guide Paula Dilsaver on a hike exploring several sites along Gaspar Portola’s 1769 expedition in south Orange County. Included will be interpreted talks at Portola’s campsite on the mesa, the former Indian village site of Alauna, and at the top of Lone Hill from where Portola Expedition members could spot San Clemente and Santa Catalina Islands. Along the way, you’ll be introduced to the flora and fauna of the area.

This particular hike was one that Orange County historian Phil Brigandi had planned to lead this spring; we’ll be conducting it in his honor.

This hike is divided into two parts:

Leg One. This is a gentle hike on a trail that’s partially paved/hard-packed, with little elevation gain in 2.5 hours. It will include two interpretive stops.

Leg Two. Please be advised that this is considered a moderate climb (with a few steep and rough portions) with an elevation gain of 400’ in three-quarters of a mile up to the top of Lone Hill. The total loop is about one and one-half miles and will take about an hour.

It’s not necessary to participate in both legs of the hike. When you register, please indicate if you will be continuing with Leg Two of our hike.

** There are no restrooms on this route. **

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020

Meet at 8:45 a.m.
Hike leaves at 9:00 a.m.

Additional information (directions, parking meeting location, etc.) will be provided as part of your email confirmation.

To register for this hike, please follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/OCHSportola

Any other questions, please contact hikes@orangecountyhistory.org