Established in 1887 along the fringe of the California
coastal plain, Fullerton was founded by brothers
George and Edward Amerige and named after railroad
executive George H. Fullerton, who brought the
first rail line through.
city was incorporated in 1904. It grew steadily
through the 1920s, which saw the transformation
of the area's green and gold fields of wild mustard
into groves of Valencia oranges, walnuts and avocado,
along with a smattering of oil rigs.
its infancy, Fullerton was a typical Western town
with roughnecks from the
railroad construction camps and frequent gunfights
Fullerton is a city of contrasts, having neither
succumbed to urbanization nor retained its rural
1920s heralded an economic boost for the city,
sparked in part by booming oil production in the
hills on the city's northern edge. Fullerton entered
the air age in 1927, when pioneer aviators William
and Robert Dowling persuaded the city to establish
an airfield on land that previously had been a
hog farm and sewer basin.
has become an educational center and art community.
Art galleries, clothing boutiques, small restaurants
and gift shops have replaced the pawn shops and
used-furniture stores that once lined the city's
Crook Clark House (Heritage House) - 800 N.
State College Blvd
The house was built in 1894 by Clark, Fullertons'
pioneer physician, and originally was located
on Lemon Street. Clark paid $1,300 to build the
two-story home and office. In 1972 the house was
moved to Cal State Fullerton, where it was restored
in 1925 during the silent film age, the
Fox Theatre has always offered a unique entertainment
experience - from its courtyard "lobby" to its
lavish interior. The Theatre was once home to
numerous premieres with stars such as Mary Pickford,
Douglas Fairbanks and Buster Keaton.