La Habra, CA
La Habra is a city in Orange County, California. Its related city, La Habra Heights, is located to the north of La Habra, and is in Los Angeles County.
History of La Habra, CA
In 1839, when vast herds of Mexican cattle and horses grazed over the hills and valleys of southern California, Mariano Reyes Roldan was granted 6,698 acres and named his land Rancho Cañada de La Habra. The name referred to the “Pass Through the Hills,” the natural pass to the north first discovered by Spanish explorers of the Portola expedition in 1769. In the 1860s, Abel Stearns purchased Rancho La Habra.
La Habra was founded in 1896. The first post office in the town was established in 1898 in a corner of Coy’s Store at Central (now La Habra Boulevard) and Euclid Street.
The city was incorporated under general law on January 20, 1925, with a population of 3,000. The police force was organized in 1926 and employed a chief, traffic officer and patrolman. By 1928, the city was the largest avocado center in Southern California. In 1930. the first fire department building was constructed followed by the original City Hall in 1935. By 1950, the population reached nearly 5,000.
Hass Avocado Mother Tree
For more than 70 years, La Habra was known as the city just south of La Habra Heights where the Hass avocado, of the Hass Avocado Mother Tree, was planted by Rudolph Hass in the 1920s. The fruit from this tree has since become one of the most popular avocado cultivars worldwide. The Hass Mother Tree succumbed to root rot in 2002.
Population of La Habra, CA
La Habra had a population of 60,239 in the 2010 census.
Top employers in La Habra, CA
- City of La Habra
- La Habra Bakery
- The Home Depot
- La Habra Convalescent Hospital
- VIP Rubber
La Habra, CA Zip Codes: 90631, 90632, 90633