"Garden Grove~" Top 5 Page for this destination Garden Grove by Yaqui

Garden Grove Travel Guide: 32 reviews and 88 photos

In 1822, Mexico gained independence from Spain, and California became a province of Mexico. It was the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, at the end of the Mexican-American War, that made all of California a territory of the United States of America. In 1850, California became the 31st state in the union.

A businessman named Abel Stearns bought large tracts of land in Southern California in 1868 and divided some of it into smaller lots to sell to settlers. In 1874, Alonzo Cook purchased 160 acres of land in the area for about $15 an acre. Recognized as Garden Grove's Founding Father, he later donated land north of Main Street and Garden Grove Boulevard for use as the site of the first schoolhouse and post office. Cook suggested the name "Garden Grove" for the school and surrounding village. Some countered that the name did not fit the open terrain. Cook responded, "We'll make it appropriate by planting trees and making it beautiful."

By the time Orange County incorporated in 1889, the Garden Grove area had a population of about 200. It continued as a quiet farming community into the 20th Century, when in 1905, the Pacific Electric Railroad came through Garden Grove. The railroad brought tourists, visitors, and before long, more settlers. Soon after came the first telephone, gas and electric services for the residents near Main Street.

Garden Grove has been a "capital of" from the early days until the city was incorporated in 1956; the chili-pepper capital of the world in the early 1920s, the poultry capital of the world a little later, the egg capital of the world not long after that, and the strawberry capital of the world in the late '50s. The last is what gave Garden Grove the Strawberry Festival, a parade and carnival held every Memorial Day weekend.

  • Last visit to Garden Grove: Dec 2011
  • Intro Updated Dec 28, 2012
  • Add to Trip Planner (?)
  • Report Abuse

Reviews (10)

Comments (5)

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Another interesting page Dee! Fabulous Cathedral and I just love all the sculptures you took photos of!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Garden Grove is indeed a lovely town to visit. I have a cousin that lives there.

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Feb 5, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      Thank you Lori for visiting. It is a lovely town.

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Hi Dee, Amazing how you find these interesting small towns. Preaching from the roof in a drive in theatre would be a first.

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Dec 16, 2012 at 8:43 PM

      Thank you Mike for stopping by. Just one of those places that folks just pass by. I love visiting all those usual places.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    I must admit I had never heard of Garden Grove before. Thanks for the orientation.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Hi Dee, excellent page! All 5-star tips! I had never heard of the Crystal Cathedral, but my husband had. I'm glad that it's still being used for religious purposes. I really love all the statuary in the gardens. Great work!


“~Happy Trails, Keep the Faith and Keep Dreaming!~”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 0 0 6
Forum Rank:
0 0 8 4 9

Badges & Stats in Garden Grove

  • 10 Reviews
  • 49 Photos
  • 0 Forum posts
  • 658PageViews

Have you been to Garden Grove?

  Share Your Travels  

Latest Activity in Garden Grove

Photos in Garden Grove

See All Photos (49)

Travel Interests

See All Travel Interests (4)