By Costa Mesa Historical Society
3 rising groups from the partitioned Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana shaped the inconceivable begin for a urban that might finally proclaim itself the "City of the Arts." those farming communities--Fairview, Paularino, and Harper--attracted households and businesspeople. neighborhood leaders then took pragmatic steps to fulfill neighborhood wishes similar to faculties, church buildings, and a water provide. Harper's first land developer appealed to parents of modest skill through advertisements, "You! 5 Acres." by way of 1920, Harper wanted a broader id and a neighborhood businessman proposed a naming contest, delivering a $25 prize. "Costa Mesa," spotting the area's background and geography, reaped the present. 8 years later, citizens handily defeated the town of Santa Ana's annexation test by way of a margin of 5 to at least one. the nice melancholy, the 1933 lengthy seashore earthquake, and the 1938 Santa Ana River flood then besieged the fledgling group. Undaunted, Costa Mesa endured to develop. by way of 1939, the level were set for the postwar miracle that will develop into the fashionable urban of Costa Mesa.
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