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ORANGE COUNTY ALMANAC : A View Fit for the Gods

The highest point in the Santa Ana Mountains, Santiago Peak, was known to early Native Americans as Kalawpa, meaning a wooded place.

According to Indian lore, the peak was the resting place of Chiningchinish, a god who watched over the local people from his lofty vantage point among the spruce, pine and maple trees.

Source: “Historic Place Names in Orange County,” by Don Meadows.


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