Irvine California is a city in the center of Orange County, California. It was developed by the Irvine Company as a planned city in the 1960’s and became incorporated in 1971. The city is 45 square miles with a population of over 220,000. Irvine is located close to some of Southern California’s best attractions, including Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm. Irvine is also the home of the University of California-Irvine, many industries, shopping areas, parks, and schools.
The city of Irvine’s history can be traced back at least 12,000 years ago. Archeologists have found evidence of camps and rock shelters dating back to that time in the area. Some of the early inhabitants, settling over 2,000 year ago, were the Gabrielino Indians, who had villages in the area around San Joaquin marsh. The Spanish explorer, Gaspar De Portola, arrived in the San Joaquin Valley in 1769 bringing herds of cattle, as well as building forts and missions. Over time, land grants of the area were granted by the Spanish King and Mexican government. After the Mexican American War, California was annexed into the United States and the land grants started to be split up between farmers and ranchers. Large cattle ranches and farms were created in the area by James Irvine and his descendents during the 1800’s. The Irvine Company became incorporated in the late 1880’s and started to develop an area around the Santa Fe railroad stop, which would later become Old Town Irvine. Slowly, the area became more populated and less agriculturally based. The Irvine Company sold some land to the United States government during World War II to be used as a Marine air facility. In 1960, the University of California asked for 1,000 acres from the Irvine Company to create an Irvine campus. At the same time, a city planner started to create plans for the development of a city surrounding the university campus and modern Irvine was born.
Today, Irvine is a thriving city which the FBI has considered “America’s Safest Big City” since 2005. The city is a tourist destination with visitors brining in $522 million from hotel rooms, dining, arts, recreation, shopping and transportation just in 2013 alone. The city has over 60,000 acres of park and wildlife area. Irvine Regional Park is one of the most visited Irvine attractions. This park is also home to the Orange County Zoo. The Orange County Great Park is still under development, but when it is completed it is going to be the largest metropolitan park since Central Park in New York City. You can see a bird’s eye view of the city by taking a ride on the giant balloon in the park. Irvine is also a great shopping mecca with five major shopping destinations including the Irvine Spectrum Center and Fashion Island. The city’s residential areas are surrounded by two planned industrial areas, which are the homes of the North American headquarters of Mazda, Kia, Toshiba, Meade Industries and In-and-Out Burger.
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