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Costa Mesa Founding Family

Costa Mesa Founding Family

“I belong to one of Costa Mesa’s founding families: the Smiths. We came here in 1922. We have all this family legacy in Costa Mesa and I grew up hearing the stories.

“Where Triangle Square is now? That didn’t used to be a triangle at all; it was a regular block. And right on the southern corner, there used to be a small house. That’s where my dad was born.

“My grandfather helped build Newport Harbor High School. Besides giving money, he also quite literally helped to build it.

“My great-uncle, Bertren, was President of the Lions Club and helped get it going. He helped get the Fish Fry started.

“We have a bunch of streets in Costa Mesa named after my family members. If you cross 18th street on Newport Blvd, you’ll cross Viola Street. That’s my great-aunt Viola. She lived to be 95 years old before she passed away and she lived 72 of those years in Costa Mesa. There are a few other little side streets named after my cousins and stuff.

“Yeah, my family just has all sorts of legacy in this part of Orange County. I feel connected to Costa Mesa in a way lots of other people probably don’t.”

– Allison Almond, Costa Mesa ♥

 

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Hearts of Costa Mesa

Hearts of Costa Mesa is a curated journey through the rich diversity of Costa Mesa life. We'll be sharing vignettes and stories through the reflections of Costa Mesa's residents and regulars. This is an ongoing project, a tapestry we'll continue to weave over time. Please contact us through the website if you'd like to participate. Read all the Hearts of Costa Mesa vignettes here.

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