The magnificent homes of the Jack Fisher Park neighborhood were built in the 1950’s using California Ranch design. The homes of nearby Floral Park were constructed in the early 1920s, shortly after World War I. As wear soldiers returned hoe, they brought with them visions of French Norman and English Tudor cottages, Spanish Colonial villas, and dignified Italian homes. After World War II, remaining orange groves disappeared as a building boom resulted in the construction of ranch-style homes in West Floral Park and Jack Fisher Park. Construction of Morrison Park followed a few years later. With lot sizes ranging from 6,000 to 25,000 square feet properties, Jack Fisher Park boasts some of the largest residential land use in Southern California. Giving true meaning to the phrase, “Sprawling California Ranch” style homes.
For you fellow history enthusiasts, the City of Santa Ana has a wealth of information available. For example, the Hall of Records provided me with a copy of the property deed for the original owners of my home on West Park Lane. My home was originally built in 1953 by Moore Construction Company for $15,000 (or $135,000 in today’s dollars). Also, Santa Ana has a history room located at 20 Civic Center Plaza which is open to the the public. Fun fact, did you know that the cannon at Jack Fisher Park was built prior to the Civil War and originally installed near San Francisco to protect the Pacific Shoreline from war ships?!
Speaking of the park, Jack Fisher Park was named after Jack Fisher who was born in Santa Ana in 1899 and was a widely decorated World World I hero. He received honors for his heroism from many nations including being a recipient of the Purple Heart medal. Upon returning home he married Frances Baker at the age of 28 and became an artist and cartoonist for the Santa Ana Register. In addition, he helped organize the Santa Ana chapter of disabled American veterans. Jack Fisher passed away in 1929 as a result of war related injuries and Jack Fisher Park was dedicated to him in 1933. As shown on the plaque at the park: “Jack Fisher represented the spirit and strength of character the residents of Santa Ana are proud to recognize, this park has been named in honor of Jack Fisher’s extraordinary sacrifices to the United States of America and continued sense of civic duty.”