By 1905 the Los Angeles Interurban Railway, a predecessor to the Pacific Electric Railway, extended from Los Angeles to Santa Ana, running along Fourth Street downtown. Martin aviation company, founded in 1912 before merging with the Wright Company in 1916.
In 1958, Fashion Square Mall was built, adjoining the existing Bullock's Department Store building that was built in 1954.
It opened north of downtown and became a major retail center for the area.
In 1877, the Southern Pacific Railroad built a branch line from Los Angeles to Santa Ana, which offered free right of way, land for a depot, and $10,000 in cash to the railroad in exchange for terminating the line in Santa Ana and not neighboring Tustin.
In 1887, the California Central Railway (which became a subsidiary of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway the following year) broke the Southern Pacific's local monopoly on rail travel, offering service between Los Angeles and San Diego by way of Santa Ana as a major intermediate station.
In 1987, the mall was completely renovated and became Main Place Mall (now Westfield Main Place).
Having been a Charter City since November 11, 1952, the citizens of Santa Ana amended the Charter November 1988 to provide for the direct election of the Mayor who until that point had been appointed from the council membership. Pulido, the first mayor of Latino descent in the city's history and the first Mayor directly elected by the voters.Santa Ana lends its name to the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5), which runs through the city.It also shares its name with the nearby Santa Ana Mountains, and the Santa Ana winds, which have historically fueled seasonal wildfires throughout Southern California.Santa Ana is located in Southern California, adjacent to the Santa Ana River, about 10 miles (16 km) away from the California coast.Founded in 1869, the city is part of the Greater Los Angeles Area, the second largest metropolitan area in the United States with almost 18 million residents in 2010.Do you wish you had a way to know — for sure — what’s real and what’s not? You'll be joining over 80,000 smart subscribers who every Wednesday, get the most important news, trends and scams to avoid. You’ll find lots of great free resources here on how to avoid the most popular scams, identity theft threats, and urban legends making the rounds. To the right, you'll find our most popular articles.