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Top 10 Best Things to See in El Toro, California
Town of the Bull
A question was asked about what the name of a town called El Toro would create in one's mind.
The first thing I thought of was the Walt Disney cartoon Ferdinand the Bull, about a bull that enjoyed flowers. Next, I thought of Mexico, Texas, and Southern California. The opera Carmen came to mind as well. This all caused me to remember the wedding of an acquaintance several years ago. She and her fiance found a production company that staged weddings as Spanish bull fights in an arena in which the bride and groom were the Queen and King of Spain.
In the end, I remember that the United States Marine Corps Air Base in El Toro near Lake Forest, California is no longer open. It was decommissioned in the 1990s. However, This area of California is still remembered as El Toro. Looking for additional cities in the US and Mexico shown as El Toro on maps, I found none other.
Lake Forest, California
The motto of Lake Forest is "Remember the past, challenge the future." This reminds us of the historical importance of this area and today's talent and innovation resident there that can bring about changes for the good in the next decades. Lake Forest is a young city, founded only in December 1991 in southern Orange County, below Los Angeles. After Mexico made a land grant in 1846 in a time of American railroading progress, the area was named El Toro for a herd of local ranch bulls.
At the turn of the 20th century, a large forest of fast-growing trees was planted and in the 1960s, an oil company laid out a planned community called Lake Forest near El Toro Marine Base.
Today, the city fathers describe their local as Mediterranean, with a fast-growing eucalyptus forest, lakes, green ways, and recreation areas. Horse ranches for competitive dressage are well known.
10 Great Attractions Near Lake Forest/El Toro
- Crystal Cove State Park
Crystal Cove is used by mountain bikers inland and scuba and skin divers underwater. The beach is popular with swimmers and surfers. Visitors can explore tidepools and sandy coves.
- Heritage Hill Historical Park
Restored/furnished historic bldgs in the Saddleback Valley & El Toro: Mexican Rancho era (Serrano Adobe, 1863); founding of Town of El Toro (Grammar School, 1890); St. George's Episcopal Mission, 1891; Harvey Bennett Ranch House, 1908. Guided tou
- Reeve-Irvine Research Center - Meet the Scientists Days
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- Russian River Blues Festival
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- Orange County Parks - Whiting Wilderness
Whiting Ranch Regional Wilderness Area - Named after 400 acres of eucalyptus planted in the early 1900s.
Disney's Ferdinand the Bull
- Cleveland National Forest - Welcome!
The Cleveland National Forest, the southern-most national forest in California.
- Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks
At the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks Web site you can find useful information and schedules about all of the programs, events, hikes and tours on more than 50,000 acres of open space in the heart of Orange County, California.
- Santa Ana Mountains Wild Heritage Project
A new Grizzly Bear National Monument and rural transit.
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- University of California, Irvine
A 4-acre cactus restoration program is part of a $600,000 project funded by California Department of Transportation and Orange County Transportation Authority in exchange for bulldozing sage scrub for roads elsewhere.
El Toro MCAS
The Marine air base was closed completely in 1999, at the end of the century. Theold base is located between Santa Ana and Laguna Beach. Used for air combat training during WWII, the base still has two runways. Part of the base in 2011 is under construction for a commerical airport to supplement the services at John Wayne International Airport to the northwest. Additional lands are under lease for agricultural and university research needs. The reaiming lands are under the jurisdiction of Orange County.
One other place in California comes close in name to "El Toro" and that is Toro Canyon. It is settled in the Santra Barabara - Santa Maria Metro Area of Southern California and the Los Pedros National Forest. According to US Census2010, about 1,800 people live in this community, with a median home cost of $833,180. Toro Canyon park is a well maintained 74-acre site with a gazebo, benches, and picnic tables, as well as horse and bike trails, horseshoe pits, and a playground.
Top Hiring Companies
- Kaiser Permanente
- UnitedHealth Group
- Fountain Valley Regional Hospital
- Appleone staffing
- Starbucks, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut
- US Air Force
- JPMorgan Chase
- Hoag Hospital
- Bank of America
- Home Depot
- Edwards Lifesciences
Great Jobs Around El Toro
Over 50,000 jobs were listed in March 2001 for a 25 mile radius around Lake Forest/El Toro. The highest-demand job listings include:
- Dental Assistants
- General Dentists
- Occupational Therapists
- Physical Therapists and Assistants
- Front Desk Staff
- Project Managers
- Shift Supervisors
- Sales Representatives
- Account Executives
- Assistant Store Managers
- Customer Service and Cashiers
- Office Managers
- Speech Language Pathologists
- Baristas and related jobs
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