Brea Museum and Historical Society

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Since 1971 the Brea Historical Society has been dedicated to the preservation of the rich history of Brea. The Brea Historical Society provides a place for education, investigation, research, and community gatherings at the Museum. The Society encourages students, citizens, and visitors alike to explore the events, people, and stories that have shaped Brea in the past and continue to shape it into the future.

In 1941 Carl Karcher, with some borrowed money, bought a hot dog cart and opened it for business in South-Central Los An...
12/06/2023

In 1941 Carl Karcher, with some borrowed money, bought a hot dog cart and opened it for business in South-Central Los Angeles. Business was good and, in a few years, he had several carts. When he returned to Southern California after WWII, he opened a full-service restaurant in Anaheim, called Carl’s Drive in BBQ. A few years later, 1956, he opened two smaller restaurants called Carl’s Jr. One in Anaheim, and this one in Brea at 707 S. Brea Blvd, today home to Brea’s Best.

Recognize this building? The nursery is gone, but the building is still there at 601 S. Brea Blvd.
12/04/2023

Recognize this building? The nursery is gone, but the building is still there at 601 S. Brea Blvd.

Built in the mid 1950’s, the Brea Heights Shopping Center was the first commercial center built after the downtown. By t...
11/29/2023

Built in the mid 1950’s, the Brea Heights Shopping Center was the first commercial center built after the downtown. By that time, the downtown was beginning to show its age and the community welcomed this one-stop center with a grocery store (originally Bob’s Super Market) a drug store, and a variety of other retailers.

Always a big supporter of Brea Olinda High School, Magnus Drugs was located where Good Will is today.
11/27/2023

Always a big supporter of Brea Olinda High School, Magnus Drugs was located where Good Will is today.

Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.
11/23/2023

Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Casa Brea, located at 215 E Ash was built in 1919 by J.C. Fredliph, a successful tailor. His “claim to fame” was a speci...
11/22/2023

Casa Brea, located at 215 E Ash was built in 1919 by J.C. Fredliph, a successful tailor. His “claim to fame” was a special cleaning solution that could take out crude oil stains (gasoline). His tailor shop was on the ground floor and an apartment-hotel combo took the rest of the space.

Located near Central and Berry (where Founders Park is located) was a beautiful nursery. This photo is dated 1954.
11/20/2023

Located near Central and Berry (where Founders Park is located) was a beautiful nursery. This photo is dated 1954.

DON'T FORGET, THIS SATURDAY!!
11/16/2023

DON'T FORGET, THIS SATURDAY!!

How many of you hung out at Tastee Freeze? What was your favorite item on the Menu?
11/15/2023

How many of you hung out at Tastee Freeze? What was your favorite item on the Menu?

The La Vida Hot Springs were known to our native people for centuries. In the early 20th century, Olinda Oilmen discover...
11/13/2023

The La Vida Hot Springs were known to our native people for centuries. In the early 20th century, Olinda Oilmen discovered the benefits of the hot springs for cleaning off a day’s work. In the 1930’s it became a popular destination for the Los Angeles Jewish Community. In 1974 the site was purchased with the plan to revive the resort but after a fire in 1988 the site was abandoned.

Happy Veterans Day!To all who have served, and to all who wait, we owe our freedom to you!An Armistice Day celebration i...
11/11/2023

Happy Veterans Day!
To all who have served, and to all who wait, we owe our freedom to you!

An Armistice Day celebration in the new city of Brea, 1920.
Looking south from a Ferris wheel on Pomona near Ash.

In 1969 this Alpha Beta ( #158) was located at 1261 S Central Ave in West Brea.  But did you know that “alpha-beta” is a...
11/08/2023

In 1969 this Alpha Beta ( #158) was located at 1261 S Central Ave in West Brea. But did you know that “alpha-beta” is actually an early grocery store design concept where all the groceries were merchandised in alphabetical order. Clearly there were not that many brands in 1915. Don’t think the system would work in our world, where we have over 17 brands of vanilla yogurt alone.

Whether you're a beginner or need help getting past a roadblock, the trained professionals from Family Search can help y...
11/07/2023

Whether you're a beginner or need help getting past a roadblock, the trained professionals from Family Search can help you discover your roots.

Don't forget to reserve your spot!

Happy Birthday Walter Johnson, our local hero. One of baseballs greatest pitchers!
11/06/2023

Happy Birthday Walter Johnson, our local hero.
One of baseballs greatest pitchers!

The view of things to come. In 1971 Russell Coil Company opened a 60,000 square foot facility at 221 S. Berry Street, ne...
11/06/2023

The view of things to come. In 1971 Russell Coil Company opened a 60,000 square foot facility at 221 S. Berry Street, near the intersection of Berry and Mercury Lane.

This is the Union Oil’s Collier Chemical Plant at what would become Imperial and Kramer. Want to take a guess what year ...
11/01/2023

This is the Union Oil’s Collier Chemical Plant at what would become Imperial and Kramer. Want to take a guess what year this is?

It was a VERY BIG GAME.
10/31/2023

It was a VERY BIG GAME.

Hard to believe this was Brea before Redevelopment. This was the east side of the 100 block of Brea Blvd. The Craig buil...
10/30/2023

Hard to believe this was Brea before Redevelopment. This was the east side of the 100 block of Brea Blvd. The Craig building would have been to the left (not seen). This photo was taken in the early 1980’s.

On November 9, Senator Newman is hosting a statewide veterans employment workshop to connect transitioning servicemember...
10/28/2023

On November 9, Senator Newman is hosting a statewide veterans employment workshop to connect transitioning servicemembers and veterans to construction apprenticeship programs in California.

During the webinar, industry leaders from California’s 14 major construction and building trades will share information on program requirements and employment outcomes. Attendees will have the opportunity to receive immediate answers to questions uniquely relevant to the military and veteran community and connect with local liaisons for their trade(s) of interest.

This free, virtual event is in partnership with CalVet and Helmets to Hardhats, a national program that connects transitioning service members and veterans with skilled training and quality career opportunities.

WHEN: Thursday, November 9, 5:00pm-7:00pm
WHERE: Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting
https://casen.zoom.us/j/84865670056

Please help spread the word by sharing this information with interested organizations or veterans and don’t forget to RVSP!”

Just in time for the holiday season!
10/27/2023

Just in time for the holiday season!

Another view from the back; this time of Jackson Brothers Auto, was located at 104 S. Brea Blvd (where the Armed Forces ...
10/25/2023

Another view from the back; this time of Jackson Brothers Auto, was located at 104 S. Brea Blvd (where the Armed Forces Career Center is located).

You probably remember the photo of Hadad’s Haberdashery, with the manikin upside in the window, well here is a view from...
10/23/2023

You probably remember the photo of Hadad’s Haberdashery, with the manikin upside in the window, well here is a view from the back of the store. Do you remember what else was on the block?

Take the survey to share YOUR vision.
10/22/2023

Take the survey to share YOUR vision.

Before moving to Alder St. and becoming Adelphia, then Century, then Spectrum, CableVision was located at 604 S. Brea Bl...
10/18/2023

Before moving to Alder St. and becoming Adelphia, then Century, then Spectrum, CableVision was located at 604 S. Brea Blvd (today home to Salon Centric).

In the late 1950’s Puente Street was paved from Central to Imperial and a massive 700 acre industrial park was built. Am...
10/16/2023

In the late 1950’s Puente Street was paved from Central to Imperial and a massive 700 acre industrial park was built. Amercoat, later Ameron, was an early arrival to the park, located at 201 S. Berry St.

Before we were Brea, we were Randolph. Happy Birthday Randolph...115 years old!!
10/13/2023

Before we were Brea, we were Randolph. Happy Birthday Randolph...115 years old!!

1990 Phase 2 of the Brea Market Place. This was the location of the original high school.
10/11/2023

1990 Phase 2 of the Brea Market Place. This was the location of the original high school.

Do you remember this downtown? As part of the “Good Ole Brea” revitalization, shops were given old fashioned facades.
10/09/2023

Do you remember this downtown? As part of the “Good Ole Brea” revitalization, shops were given old fashioned facades.

OK folks, have at it. Do you have any idea where or when this was??? We don’t.
10/04/2023

OK folks, have at it. Do you have any idea where or when this was??? We don’t.

Here is Dr. Davis’ home in its original location at 200 S. Pomona (now Brea Blvd) and Birch. This photo was taken in May...
10/02/2023

Here is Dr. Davis’ home in its original location at 200 S. Pomona (now Brea Blvd) and Birch. This photo was taken in May 1991.

Fire Station  #1, built in 1965, is now Brea’s oldest. Located on Berry Street, next door to the Public Works department...
09/27/2023

Fire Station #1, built in 1965, is now Brea’s oldest. Located on Berry Street, next door to the Public Works department, this station was built on the former Stewart Tank Farm property and one of the massive tanks is still used.

Bill Griffith holding the trophy he won in the 1939 Southern California Soap Box Derby Championship. Quite a feat for a1...
09/25/2023

Bill Griffith holding the trophy he won in the 1939 Southern California Soap Box Derby Championship. Quite a feat for a14-year old to come out on top of a field of 1127 other entries. You can see this beautiful trophy at the Brea Museum.

This beautiful home on S. Flower was once the home of Catherine Sieler, a Brea resident for more than 86 years, arriving...
09/20/2023

This beautiful home on S. Flower was once the home of Catherine Sieler, a Brea resident for more than 86 years, arriving here in 1924. Today the home still sports the white fence.

Opened in 1972, the Brea Community Hospital was affiliated with Loma Linda University Medical Center. For many years, th...
09/18/2023

Opened in 1972, the Brea Community Hospital was affiliated with Loma Linda University Medical Center. For many years, the 162-bed facility served the community. The hospital closed in 2005 after filing for bankruptcy.

This is the former Dr. Davis home being place at its new location on Redwood. The home was originally located at 200 S. ...
09/13/2023

This is the former Dr. Davis home being place at its new location on Redwood. The home was originally located at 200 S. Pomona (now Brea Blvd).

A 1915 invitation to the dedication of the Brea Congregational Church, founded in 1913. The church, called the Oilman’s ...
09/11/2023

A 1915 invitation to the dedication of the Brea Congregational Church, founded in 1913. The church, called the Oilman’s Church, was located at the corner of Brea Blvd and Birch, where Ruby’s is today. By 1927, the congregation was already outgrowing its home and moved the building to its current home at Imperial and Flower. The bell, located in the tower over the narthex is from the old Randolph School. It was used as the fire bell when mounted in the fire tower near Brea Bl and Birch. Oddly, the original Congregational bell, dedicated to Mr. Neels of Neels Mortuary, sits at 835 S. Brea Blvd. It was placed there in 1949 as a memorial to Mr. Neels by the Daughters of the Golden West…go figure.

A smoggy day at the Shell Station on the corner of Brea Blvd & Imperial Hwy. Can you guess what year it is looking at th...
09/06/2023

A smoggy day at the Shell Station on the corner of Brea Blvd & Imperial Hwy. Can you guess what year it is looking at the cars?

This small home was located at 113 W. Ash, near Brea Blvd. It was down the block from the home of Billie Russell Bowland...
09/04/2023

This small home was located at 113 W. Ash, near Brea Blvd. It was down the block from the home of Billie Russell Bowland, born, raised, and still lives in Brea. Her husband was Jerry Bowland, a Brea Junior High Science Teacher. Check out our Instagram page for a short video about Billie, a Brea treasure.

Looking down at the brand-new Brea Community Center, which began in 1992 and opened in 1996. This photo was taken shortl...
08/30/2023

Looking down at the brand-new Brea Community Center, which began in 1992 and opened in 1996. This photo was taken shortly after that.

April 30, 1977, Marching in the Brea Bonanza Days Parade is the Brea Olinda High School Marching Band. The Brea Glass & ...
08/28/2023

April 30, 1977, Marching in the Brea Bonanza Days Parade is the Brea Olinda High School Marching Band. The Brea Glass & Mirror sign can be seen on the roof here and they are still there today (next to Strait up Barber).

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495 S Brea Boulevard
Brea, CA
92821

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Thursday 2pm - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 3pm

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