Olinda, Orange County, California

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Country United States
State California
County Orange County
City Brea, California
Reference no. 918[1]

Olinda is a neighborhood in Brea, California, located on Carbon Canyon Road east of the rest of the city.[2] The original village was founded in the 1890s and grew when petroleum was discovered at the adjacent Brea-Olinda Oil Field. In 1911, Olinda Village and the nearby town of Randolph were incorporated as the city of Brea. The site is now registered as California Historical Landmark #918.[1]

Olinda Landfill, located in Carbon Canyon, was opened in 1960 and is scheduled to be closed in December 2021.

The name was revived for a quiet neighborhood built in the hills near the site of the original village, beginning in 1964. The neighborhood has six streets, and holds about 120 homes (many horse properties), and a condominium complex. It is near Carbon Canyon Regional Park and Chino Hills State Park, and surrounded by hills covered with chaparral and home to coyotes, owls, hawks and rattlesnakes.

A Southern California Edison electrical substation in the area is also named Olinda. Olinda gives its name to an elementary school as well as Brea-Olinda High School, which serves Brea and Olinda.


  1. ^ a b "Olinda". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  2. ^ Tony Dodero Rural life, tucked away in the O.C., Los Angeles Times August 14, 2005