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Olive, California

Coordinates: 33°50′10″N 117°50′46″W / 33.83611°N 117.84611°W / 33.83611; -117.84611
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Olive is an unincorporated parcel of about 32.67 acres (132,200 m2)[1] entirely surrounded by the city of Orange, located along Lincoln Avenue, between Eisenhower Park and Orange Olive Road.


Members of the Tongva and Juaneño/Luiseño nations long inhabited this area. The village of Totpavit was located at what is now modern day Olive.[2][3]

After the 1769 expedition of Gaspar de Portolà, a Spanish expedition led by Father Junipero Serra, named the area Vallejo de Santa Ana (Valley of Saint Anne). On November 1, 1776, Mission San Juan Capistrano became the area's first permanent European settlement in Alta California, New Spain.

In 1801, the Spanish Empire granted 62,500 acres (253 km2) to Jose Antonio Yorba, which he named Rancho San Antonio. Yorba's great Rancho included the lands where the cities of Olive, Orange, Villa Park, Santa Ana, Tustin, Costa Mesa, and Newport Beach stand today. Smaller ranchos evolved from this large rancho including the Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana.

After the Mexican-American War, Alta California was ceded to the United States by Mexico with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, and many Californios lost the title to their lands[citation needed].

In 1875, when American settlers were considering naming the town they had founded Richland, Olive was one of the proposed names, along with Lemon, Walnut, and eventually Orange was chosen because Richland was already a city in California. When the city was named Orange, California, the other three names were assigned to streets in the new town. Orange Olive Road roughly bisects the Olive community.


A Spanish Colonial Revival Style home in Olive

The community of Olive, California is located in the northern portion of the city of Orange and is 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Anaheim Hills. It is also in proximity to the Anaheim border. It is set on a small berm about 50 feet (15 m) which is higher than the surrounding area of land. Olive was founded in 1887 by a developer in the olive industry.[4][better source needed] Since the community's creation, many of Olive's original 63 lots have been subdivided and are now at least 14 acre, in keeping with county code for the area.

With 258 residents,[citation needed] Olive is among the smallest "island communities" in Orange County to be recognized with a name of reputation.

The area lacks sidewalks[5] and its many pre-1930s houses are set deep on their lots. Because Olive is small in size, there is no through traffic in the community, keeping the area convenient for its residents. The only signage identifying the community is the entrance that reads "Olive Heights"[6] at the corner of Palm and Lincoln Avenues. Students who live there attend Olive Elementary, which closed temporarily in the 1990s due to lack of student enrollment, although it now enrolls 376 students.[7]

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  1. ^ "City Boundaries". County of Orange, CA. Retrieved December 21, 2022 – via ArcGIS.
  2. ^ Catalysts to complexity : late Holocene societies of the California coast. Jon Erlandson, Terry L. Jones, Jeanne E. Arnold, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA. Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA. 2002. pp. 64–65. ISBN 978-1-938770-67-8. OCLC 745176510.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ House pits and middens : a methodological study of site structure and formation processes at CA-ORA-116, Newport Bay, Orange County, California. Donn R. Grenda, Christopher J. Doolittle, Jeffrey H. Altschul, United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Los Angeles District, United States. Food and Drug Administration. Tucson, Ariz.: Statistical Research, Inc. 1998. p. 17. ISBN 1-879442-66-3. OCLC 41262575.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ "Brief history about Olive: 1870-1899". Olive Through the Ages. Retrieved December 21, 2022.
  5. ^ "Historical overview of Olive: Descriptions". Olive Through the Ages. Olive, March 16, 1992. Retrieved December 21, 2022.
  6. ^ "Palm Ave & Lincoln Ave". Google Earth. Google Street View. Retrieved December 21, 2022.
  7. ^ "Olive Elementary". U.S. News & World Report. Home: Education: K-12. Olive Elementary in California - U.S. News Education

33°50′10″N 117°50′46″W / 33.83611°N 117.84611°W / 33.83611; -117.84611