after Gaspar de Portola, California's first terrestrial
Spanish explorer who traveled in this area 1769, Portola Hills is now a residential community with a population of over 6,000 people.
(3-5 miles from Portola Hills)
Famous as the home of Madame Modjeska, one of
the world's greatest actresses, the house was
designed by Stanford White in 1888 and built on
property called the 'Forest of Arden.' Sold soon
after her retirement, it remains a monument to
the woman who contributed immeasurably to the
cultural life of Orange County.
Modjeska Canyon, 500 ft E of intersection of Modjeska
Canyon Rd and Harding Canyon Rd
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Located in Cañada de la Madera (Timber Canyon)
was a mining boomtown founded in 1878 when silver
was discovered nearby. During the colorful life
of its boom, 1878-1881, miners flocking to the
area established a thriving community, served
daily by stage from Los Angeles and Santa Ana.
Next to Silverado Fire Station #2, end of Silverado
Canyon Rd, 3.4 mi E of Silverado post office,