Wednesday, August 10, 2011

More Historical Places-Balboa and Balboa Inn

The "Balboa" got its name from the coastal Balboa Peninsula at Newport Beach, CA.  People from the Los Angeles area who'd seen it started referring to it as "The Balboa" or the dance being done in Balboa.  Many dance historians state that the dance was a derivation of the foxtrot, others believe it evolved from the Charleston or Collegiate Shag.  Willie Desatof an original Balboa dancer of great distinction believes it evolved from the rhumba.  Balboa is an 8 count dance so a connection with other 8 count dances would be consistent. 

The Balboa Inn was built in 1929.  In its day was the number one hostelry on the Orange County Coast and today "Balboa Inn The Resort is one of the most popular resorts on the West Coast.  The Inn has been remodeled and modernized a number of times.  The Spanish architecture remains virually unchanged.  At one time the Balboa Theater, operated by Madame La Rue, stood next to the Balboa Inn. 

The pictures are of statues at the Inn. 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Historic Places in Orange County, CA

Lewis Ainsworth house located at 414 E. Chapman Avenue in Orange, CA.  This house is a resotred American Craftsman style home that was designed by Ina Ainsworth Butler, daughter of the Ainsworth's as a retirement home for Lewis and Persis Ainsworth.  The house was purchased by the city of Orange in 1976 and is currently a museum. 

Lewis Ainsworth lived from 1829-1914.  He married Persis Bartholomew and their honeymoon was a trip to Jacksonville, Oregon from Iowa via wagon and oxen.  They stayed in Jacksonville for a couple of years and then moved to Shasta, CA and then to Orange, CA, where Mr. Aisnworth was a prominent businessman in Orange until the early 1900's. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Note cards

I am making note cards of some of my pictures.  If anyone is interested in purchasing any of the notecards let me know and I will let you know the cost.  I have attached the picture.  If there is any other picture that you would like me to make a note card, let me know.