History and Heritage
The ASCE Orange County Branch's History and Heritage Committee since 1982 have been actively seeking and reviewing important Civil Engineering projects that have been constructed in Orange County, California, and that are considered worthy of being nominated as Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks. Of these projects, twelve have been nominated and have subsequently been awarded Historic Civil Engineering Landmark status. All of these projects have been honored with the placement of a bronze plaque signifying their status as a Local, State, or National ASCE Historic Civil Engineering Landmark; a few of these projects have received multiple recognition plaques due to the size of the project or due to the project having multiple historic points of interest.
Local Historical Civil Engineering Landmarks
- 53: Santa Ana Valley Irrigation System
- 54: City of Anaheim Water System
- 55: Mission Buildings of San Juan Capistrano
- 56: Tustin MCAS Blimp Hangars
- 59 and 60: Orange County Sanitation District
- 61: Santa Ana Army Airbase
- 62: Newport Harbor
- 63: Orange County Flood Control District
- 64: Orange County Water District
- 65: Anaheim Union Water Company
- 66: John Wayne Airport
- 67: Irvine Ranch Irrigation System
For the geographic coordinates of the Orange County Branch's Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks, please click here.
Biographies of ASCE Orange County Branch Past Presidents and Other Prominent Members:
The History and Heritage Committee has, over the years, made an effort to prepare biographies of its Past Presidents and other prominent members, and when possible, Oral History interviews have been recorded and transcribed into permanent reference documents. The following is the beginning of an effort to place these biographies on this web page for general reading and reference:
Herbert George Osborne (1915 - 1999):
A Biography of H. G. Osborne, P.E. was prepared by Carl R. Nelson, P.E. in early 2011. The nine-page document follows here.
The transcript of an Oral History of George Osborne, recorded by Ms. Lisa Vandorpe on October 18 and November 15, 1996, will be uploaded to this site in the near future. It is 63 pages in length.
An article was written for the September 2012 O.C. Branch Newsletter also highlighted George Osborne's biography and that article can be read here.
ASCE National History and Heritage Newsletters
From time to time, editions of the ASCE National History and Heritage Newsletter will be posted on this web page. These newsletters contain brief, but interesting articles on National Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks and other Civil Engineering topics of National interest. The following are links to some of these newsletters:
November 2012, Volume VI, No. 6: Click here.
To learn more about this committee, please read the attached policies and procedures in the committee files section of this page. If you are interested in participating in this committee, please contact [email protected].
See Related News below for more details about recent History & Heritage Committee activities.
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