Anaheim, California

German "Snow White & the Seven Dwarves" Painted Lead Figurines (LEO Design)

On this day in 1857, the city of Anaheim, California was founded by 50 German families—grape farmers and vintners.  The name is a compound of “Ana” (for the nearby Santa Ana River) and “Heim,” German for “home.”  When the grape crops were destroyed by disease, farmers began to plant nut trees and citrus.

On the same day, 98 years later (1955), The Disneyland Hotel welcomed its first guest.  By then, the park had been open two-and-a-half months and Disney’s famous characters (like Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, pictured above) were engaging the public.


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