Long before the Irvine Metrolink Station, trains were an important part of the history of the Irvine Ranch.
Irvine can trace its train heritage back to 1887, when the Santa Fe was given right of way across the ranch. Soon a shipping center was established near the tracks and the town center that is now Old Town Irvine was born. This month, longtime resident Clifford Prather will share his collection of rare photos of the days when trains stopped at the packing houses all along the Venta Spur.
We will meet at the Irvine Historical Museum from 3-5pm and learn how trains once played a pivotal role on the Irvine Ranch.
Light refreshments will be served. A $5 donation is requested.