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Brea, situated just north of Fullerton, boasts award-winning schools, attractive neighborhoods, plus terrific shopping and dining. The city’s rolling hills offer picturesque views of mountains, streams, parks, valleys and city lights — all within minutes of Disneyland and the beach.

This North Orange County city incorporated February 23, 1917.

The City of Brea is home to 39,000 people.

Historically, the area now known as Brea was visited by Europeans in 1769 in a expedition led by Gaspar de Portolà. A historical marker dedicated to his visit stands in Brea Canyon just north of town. The village of Olinda was founded in present-day Carbon Canyon at the beginning of the early 1800s and many prospectors came to the area searching for oil. In 1894, the owner of the land, Abel Stearns, sold 1,200 acres to the west of Olinda to Union Oil Company of California, and by 1898 many nearby hills began spouting wooden oil rigs on the newly-discovered Brea-Olinda Oil Field. In 1908 the village of Randolph was founded just south of Brea Canyon for the oil workers and their families (and named for Epes Randolph, an engineer on the Pacific Electric Railway). Baseball legend Walter Johnson grew up in Olinda at the start of the 20th century where he worked in the surrounding oil fields as a youth. The villages of Olinda and Randolph grew and merged as the economy boomed, and on January 19, 1911, the town’s map was filed under the new name of Brea. With a population of 752, Brea was incorporated as the eighth official city of Orange County.

When oil production declined, some agricultural development took place; mostly lemon and orange groves. By 1950 Brea had a population of 3,208. The citrus groves gave way to industrial parks and residential development. In 1956, Carl Karcher opened the first two Carl’s Jr. restaurants in Anaheim, California and Brea, California. The opening of the Orange Freeway (57) and the Brea Mall in the 1970s spurred further residential growth, including large planned developments east of the 57 Freeway in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s. In the late 1990s, a 50-acre swath of downtown Brea centered on Brea Boulevard and Birch Street was heavily redeveloped into a shopping and entertainment area with movie theaters, sidewalk cafes, a live comedy club, numerous shops and restaurants, and a weekly farmer’s market. This thriving center is locally known and marked as Downtown Brea.

Brea lies within ZIP Codes 92821, 92822 and 92823.

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