Saturday, January 2, 2010

Garden Grove 1964

Garden Grove, California was founded by Alonzo Cook in 1874. A school district and Methodist church were organized that year. It remained a small rural crossroads until the arrival of the railroad in 1905. The rail connection helped the town prosper with crops of orange, walnuts, chili peppers and later strawberries.

The annual Strawberry Festival, over Memorial Day weekend, is one of the largest community festivals in the western United States, attracting an estimated 250,000 visitors.

In the early days of the Robert Schuller televangelist ministry Rev. Schuller preached in a rented drive-in theater. Later he was able to build this church. In addition to inside seating there were about a hundred or so parking stalls with speakers so people could attend church without leaving the comfort of their cars.

This White Front store on Harbor Blvd in Garden Grove was among the first big box discount stores in Orange County. The stores were originally called White Front because of the practice of lining up major appliances in front of the store giving it a "white front".

Fire protection provided by Fire Company No. 7.

Housing tract behind the White Front Store.

Trailer park close to the Palm Harbor hospital.

LINK: More great pics from arbyreed's photostream on Flickr


Debbie V. said...

I grew up in La Mirada and Garden Grove was nearby. I worked for a couple of years at Palm Harbor General Hospital near the older part of town.
I remember White Front and it's competitors - FedCo, GemCo, BigA/Unimart (we had one in LM) and more. The unique architecture of the White Front entrance was hard to forget.
Great photos ....I wish we had the same of La Mirada.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Happy New Year Debbie. All the best, Richard.

TokyoMagic! said...

Where exactly was the White Front store in Garden Grove? This isn't the building that Target is now in, is it? I remember shopping at the White Front on Hawthorne Blvd. in Torrance with my grandmother!

Happy New Year to you, Richard!

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Its not the same building, but the Target is on that property. 12100 Harbor Blvd. Corner of Harbor and Chapman.

Happy New Year, Tokyo!