Yorba Linda
   Nixon Library Visitors: (714) 993-5075 

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"World Leaders" Gallery are ten life-size statues of world leaders who met 
President Nixon's criterion for great leadership: "Did  they make a difference?"

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Yorba Linda is located in the northeast region of Orange County where the hills are lush and green after a spring rain. Best known to visitors as the birthplace of Richard Nixon with a museum and library namesake, the city also has a reputation for its love of horses with a over 100 miles of maintained horse trails and three state-of-the-art equestrian arenas. The nearby Chino Hills State Park also an unspoiled wilderness for riders.

 

One of the city's great assets is Featherly Park which serves as a rest stop for bicyclists using the Santa Ana River Bicycle Trail that runs from the Orange/Riverside County line to the Pacific Ocean in Huntington Beach. The park features an amphitheater for summer evening campfire programs. Guided nature walks are available through the wilderness area. Open turf areas provide space for recreational activities and for younger visitors, there's one fully equipped playground enjoyment. 

The land on which Featherly Park was built was originally granted to Jose Antonio Yorba by the King of Spain. Jose's son, Don Bernardo, expanded the Rancho and it became the greatest ranchero of early California. He was known throughout the state for his wealth and hospitality. 

 

The park provided both picnic and camping facilities until the late 1970's. Featherly Regional Park was converted to camping only following the opening of Yorba Regional Park just five miles to the west (which is a picnic only, day use facility). Nineteen RV sites with electrical and water hookups were completed in 1996. 

 

Today the park contains 119 individual sites, organized group and youth area camping, two amphitheaters and a visitor center.  Featherly Regional Park encompasses 795 acres, 66 are now developed leaving the rest of the park in its natural state.  F

 

The name Yorba dates as far back as 1769 when Jose Yorba was part of a Spanish expedition exploring the area now known as Orange County. In 1809, Jose Yorba petitioned the King of Spain for a land grant and was awarded 62,000 acres of land which came to be known as Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana.

 

Early residents came to Yorba Linda with the intent of operating small farms. These families came between 1910 and 1920 and constructed numerous ranch houses, and planted citrus groves; Yorba Linda began as a community of hard-working citizens. The construction of the Pacific Electric Railroad line between Yorba Linda and Los Angeles established an important transportation link; Yorba Linda growers could now easily get their produce to a major produce market. Soon after, two packing houses were built adjacent to the railroad station and the center of the community had begun.

 

During the post World War II era, Yorba Linda retained its small town character. It was not until the 19600's that Yorba Linda began experiencing the tremendous population growth which the rest of Orange County had been experiencing for the previous two decades. Yorba Linda, once a small agricultural community of approximately 4,000 people, began its transformation into a modern community with incorporation occurring in 1967.  

 


Photos © Debbie Stock

 

The Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace opened on July 19, 1990. It is a privately supported, non-profit institution dedicated to educating the public about the life and times of the 37th President and encouraging interest in history, government and public affairs. 

 

The nine acre Library & Birthplace is a three-dimensional walk-through memoir featuring a 52,000 square foot museum, 22 high-tech galleries, movie and interactive video theaters, the First Lady's Garden, the President's restored 1910's birthplace, and the memorial sites of President and Mrs. Nixon. Visitors can watch a 27-minute movie entitled "Never Give Up: Richard Nixon in the Arena" and then proceed through the 52,000 square foot main gallery.

 

Galleries include: Road to the Presidency,  The Vice Presidency,  World Leaders,  Structure of Peace Gallery, Berlin Wall Freedom Presentation, The Lincoln Sitting Room, The Gowns gallery, Domestic Affairs Gallery, The Watergate Gallery, President Nixon's Private Study - a part of the room from his New Jersey home and the President and Mrs. Nixon's Memorial.
 

reflection pool

 

Flower gardens, fountains & reflection pools grace the grounds which house two-structures shown.  (Right) is the home the US president was born and raised in.   This is also his burial place. The  Library below includes a theatre, exhibits and a gift shop.

THE RICHARD NIXON LIBRARY & BIRTHPLACE   18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard  Yorba Linda, CA 92886  (714) 993-3393 (800) 872-8865  Open daily 10 AM to 5 PM  Sundays 11 AM to 5 PM   Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day   www.nixonfoundation.org