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  • In God We Trust1894 – Ferdinand Keifhaber purchased 2,000 acre farm that was part of an old Spanish land grant known as Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana.
  • 1911 - The Keifhaber family sells much of the land to C.C. Chapman, Dr. Randell, Mervin Monnette and Frank Mead Sr.
  • 1928 - Frank Mead Jr. and Monnette formed the Orange Park Acres Corporation to develop 640 acres of what is today called Orange Park Acres. One acre of land could be purchased for less than $1,000, or you could buy 8 acres of less desirable land for $800.
  • 1928 - The land company drilled wells and formed the Orange Park Acres Mutual Water Company.
  • The area saw little population growth until after World War II, and was primarily orange, lemon and avocado groves as well as egg ranching.
  • 1953 - The Orange Park Property Owners Association was formed to meet the threat of annexation into the City of Orange.
  • 1960 - The present Orange Park Association group was formed. Approximately 150 families lived in the area.
  • 1972 - Grovewood was developed adding 35 more homes, and Deerfield adding 80 homes.
    1974 - The Wilderness gated community was developed with horse facilities adding 100 more homes.
    1975 - Saddlehill was developed into 36 one-acre equestrian home-sites.
    1976 - This was a big development year with the addition of:
    • Broadmoor developing 202 homes with equestrian facilities and a lake
    • Pheasant Run with horse facilities adding 48 more residences
    • Ridgeline adding 38 one-acre equestrian sites
  • 1978 - The community saw the development of:
    • Kennymead Merkel Development adding 24 equestrian homes
    • Orange Hill adding 83 homes
    • Lazy Creek Development
  • 1979 - High Horse Trails added 140 homes and an equestrian facility.
  • 1983 - Bob & Jeans Café was torn down to make room for the first commercial development in Orange Park Acres.
  • 1984 - The Orange Canyon Center opened in the early part of the year.
  • 1992 - The last gated community was built in Orange Park Acres with the development of one-half acre lots in the gated community The Reserve.
  • 2003 - Citizens in OPA along with others in the county were successful in the preservation of the 506-acre Barham Ranch parcel that was slated for 600 homes. Barham Ranch is now part of the regional park system with great trails and wonderful habitat for all to enjoy.
  • 2011 - Volunteers circulate Ridgeline referendum and gather 12,000 signatures to stop the project. It is qualified for the 2012 ballot.
  • 2012 - Orange vote on Ridgeline ballot measure and overwhelming rejection of the Ridgeline project.
  • 2013 - Orange Park Acres turns 85 years old.
  • 2013 - State Supreme Court agrees to hear Ridgeline issue focusing on planning law and voter rights.
  • 2014 - Sully Miller - Rio Santiago project goes to Orange Planning Commission and City Council.

Now you have to look long and hard to find an empty lot in Orange Park Acres, and that same acre you could have bought for $1,000 in 1928 would cost $500,000 to $1,500,000, depending on the view.

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