Connecting the Past and Present in Yorba Linda

Yorba Linda is a city of 68,000 people located on the northeastern boundary of Orange County. It is an affluent suburban community known for family-friendly neighborhoods and peaceful, quiet living. Compared to other parts of Southern California, the pace of life is a little more relaxed here. In fact, looking out over present day Yorba Linda, it is easy to imagine the region as it once was – farmland lined with citrus and avocado trees as far as the eye could see.

That is not to say local residents miss out on all the excitement Southern California has to offer. Yorba Linda lies along the Riverside Freeway (SR 91). From there, motorists have easy access south to the beach on SR 55, west to downtown L.A. on I-5, or north to the mountains on SR 57. A century ago, the logistical difficulty of traveling these routes kept Yorba Linda sparsely populated farm country. Now, thanks to the network of highways and interstates crisscrossing the region, the city has become one of the most desirable places to live in the entire United States.

At Neale & Fhima, access to reliable transportation is an issue we deal with every day on behalf of our clients. Our lemon law attorneys help new car owners enforce the terms of their warranties when the dealer is unable or unwilling to make the necessary repairs. We enjoy helping the people of Yorba Linda with these cases. We also enjoy discussing the fascinating history of this community. Here are some of our favorite historical facts and anecdotes about Yorba Linda:

  • Yorba Linda is Orange County’s 25th city. It was a “late bloomer” compared to other cities in the county. Prior to 1912 (when the Pacific Electric Railroad began servicing the area), fewer than 50 people lived here year-round. Population growth continued on a modest trajectory for a half century until it exploded in the 1960s. By 1970, three years after the city was incorporated, the population was 11,850. By 1980, it had doubled. By 1990, it had nearly doubled again.
  • The Yorba Cemetery is located on Parkwood Court on the south side of town. Early residents began using this plot of land as a burial ground as long as 200 years ago. According to the Legend of the Pink Lady, the old cemetery is haunted by the ghost of Alvina Yorba de Los Reyes. The young woman is believed to have died in 1910 when she was thrown from a buggy on her way home from a dance at Valencia High School. Still donning her pink gown, Alvina is rumored to appear at the cemetery at midnight on June 15th of each even-numbered year. Crowds gather at the cemetery on these occasions in hopes of observing the ghost.
  • Luxury homes are nothing new in Yorba Linda. In 1835, Bernardo Yorba (after whom the city is named) began construction on the finest hacienda of the era. The giant adobe home was a sprawling, horseshoe-shaped complex with at least 50 rooms. With the nearest city of Los Angeles an arduous 35-mile journey away, the hacienda served as a focal point for commercial and social activity. The structure fell into decay following Bernardo’s death in 1858 and was later demolished. Local architecture – including the new signage at Yorba Linda’s largest shopping center – still pays homage to the original Spanish haciendas once found here.

Did you know that there are currently 213 miles of streets and 49 traffic signals within the city limits of Yorba Linda? A lot has changed in our community over the years. But, regardless of what the future brings, car owners can always count on Neale & Fhima to protect their lemon law rights when the need arises.