ORANGE COUNTY
Santa Ana 
Attractions
 

Santa Ana Hotels
Best Western Orange County Airport North
2700 Hotel Terrace
Candlewood Suites Orange County/Airport, Ca
2600 S Red Hill Avenue
Comfort Suites John Wayne Airport
2620 Hotel Terrace Dr.
Courtyard By Marriott South Coast Metro
3002 South Harbor Boulevard
Days Inn & Suites Anaheim/Santa Ana
1108 N. Harbor Blvd.
Holiday Inn Santa Ana-Orange County Airpor
2726 South Grand Ave.
Orange County Airport/Costa Mesa Travelodge
1400 SE Bristol St
Plaza Hotel Santa Ana
1600 E First St
Quality Suites John Wayne Airport
2701 Hotel Terrace Dr.
Woolleys Petite Suites
2721 Hotel Terrace Road

Orange County
 

Old Orange County Courthouse

 

courthouseIf the walls of this historic courthouse could speak, the stories they would tell!  Built in 1900, the Old Orange County Courthouse is a historical landmark.

 

Architect C.I. Strange, received the commission to build this photo perfect property after placing 2nd in a contest. It seems he won the contract when it was discovered that the first place recipient had bribed county supervisors in order to win.. 

 

 

 California Museums

 

The building lost a  tower in a 1933 earthquake but most of the 3-story red stone building is original. It's oak columns, marble stairs and wrought iron rails are conducive to sound, which echoes throughout the halls of this monument to time.

 

Silent film star Bebe Daniels was tried here after racing her sports car through the Santa Anta streets at a whopping 56 miles per hour in 1921.  In 1951 the  McCracken child molestation/murder case was televised from here.

 

Hollywood took notice and began making films such as:

 

Compulsion                         with Orson Welles
Norma Rae                          with Sally Field
Gideon's Trumpet               with Henry Fonda
Frances                               with Jessica Lange
Family Matters series,          Jaleel White "Urkel"
1959
1979
1979 
1982 
1990s 

 

 


Admission to the old courthouse is free and tours are self-guided, except  for Tuesdays from 10AM-2PM, beginning at the third floor lobby rotunda. Open Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM. Location:  211 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana