Santa Ana,California, the seat of Orange County. It lies near the Santa Ana Mountains, 32 miles (51 km) southeast of Los Angeles. Santa Ana is a residential, commercial, and industrial center in the vast urban area around Los Angeles. Manufactured products include glass, electronics equipment, aircraft parts, drugs, and rubber and plastic products. Several national corporations have headquarters here. Santa Ana is also the marketing and processing center for citrus fruits grown in the surrounding area. Orange County Airport and several freeways serve the city.
The Spanish-style Charles W. Bowers Memorial Museum features historical, anthropological, and art exhibits. Tessman Planetarium is on the campus of Santa Ana College.
Santa Ana has the council-manager form of government.
Santa Ana was founded in 1869 by William H. Spurgeon on part of the former Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. The coming of the railroads in the 1880's brought a temporary boom that resulted in the city's incorporation in 1886. When Orange County was created in 1889, Santa Ana became the county seat. The city was mainly a trading center for the area's citrus growers until industrialization began in the 1940's.