History and Heritage

Related News Archive: 2013

National ASCE History and Heritage Newsletter Articles Published in Sept. 2013 - Oct. 2013 Issue

The National ASCE History and Heritage Newsletter continues to be a source of interesting articles about Civil Engineers from our Nation's past.  There you can also find a wide variety of interesting articles on historic Civil Engineering topics.  This month I would like to share the link to the articles published in the Sept. 2013 - Oct. 2013 issue. More »

President's Message - Moving Forward

Penny Lew, P.E., the ASCE Orange County Branch incoming President, reflects on the Branch's accomplishments, affirms the committment to move the Branch and the civil engineering profession forward, and previews what's coming in the months ahead.  More »

History and Heritage - Horse Cars to Red Cars: Local Transportation 1900-1930

How did we get from horse drawn cars to red cars to NO cars?  Take a look at  Southern California's trolley systems from the early 1900's with historian Carl Nelson. More »

Branch News - OC Branch's 60th Anniversary Tour

The Orange County Branch is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year and to commemorate this important event the Branch decided to organize for the membership a tour of some of the Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks (HCEL's) in Orange County.  The Branch's Tour Planning Committee, lead by Branch Vice President Penny Lew, selected five of these sites to visit on the 60th Anniversary Historic Landmark Tour which took place on Saturday, July 20, 2013.   More »

Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest, Calif.

Heritage Hill Historical Park has its origins in the building of the Serrano Adobe in 1863 by Don Jose Serrano's family as the original land grantees of the Rancho Canada de los Alisos, granted to Don Jose by the Mexican government by grants in 1841 and 1846. The Serrano Adobe passed through various hands, was first restored by George and Dwight Whiting Jr. in 1932. It was made a state historical landmark No. 199 and was last owned privately by Mr. and Mrs. V.P. Baker from 1958 to 1969. Carl Lewis, former Director of Public Works at OC Parks, recalls the history, design and construction of this Orange County treasure. More »

The Seal Beach Red Car Museum - Memories of the Pacific Electric Railway

The Seal Beach Red Car Museum, located in Seal Beach, California, is one of the few places in Southern California that you can still see an original Pacific Electric Railway car, and gain a little insight into the history of the old "Red Cars" and their role in providing "mass transit" for Southern Californian's during the first half of the 20th Century (1904 - 1950).  More »

Villa Park Dam – 50th Anniversary

The Santa Ana Mountains of Orange County constitute a northwesterly extension of the Peninsular Range of Southern California trending southeasterly from the Chino Hills in Orange County to northern San Diego County. Santiago (5,687 ft.), Modjeska  (5,496 ft.) and Pleasants (4,007 ft.) peaks form the ridgeline between Orange and Riverside Counties and drain westerly to Santiago Canyon, there melding with the alluvial plain of the Santa Ana River. The watershed of Santiago Creek runs westerly from Santiago Peak through the Trabuco District of the Cleveland National Forest (established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908) before crossing the northerly portion of Irvine Ranch. Principal tributaries are Silverado, Black Star, Limestone and Fremont Canyons. More »

National HCEL Newsletter and CE Novel by Stefan Jaeger

This month's History and Heritage article will be brief, but will lead you to two interesting articles that may be of interest to you. One relates to some of the National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark Bridges and the Goodyear Airdock (1929).  The other is a link to an article by Stefan Jaeger, Author of The Jackhammer Elegies, a Civil Engineering mystery novel. More »

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