Did you know Orange County was once known as ‘Mosquito County’?
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It used to be called ‘Mosquito County’
Yeah, charming isn’t it?
The glorious Orange County used to be named after a biting pest.
Who had that brilliant idea? The Spanish. They named a huge chunk of the area ‘Los Mosquitos’.
And then, the territorial council (it was still ‘US territory’, and not a state yet) created ‘Mosquito County’ in 1824, sticking to the name the Spanish had given.
There was a lament that “Clearly no one consulted the local chamber of commerce before coming up with this gem of a name.”
Finally, in 1845, just before statehood, the irritant was removed, and the Orange County given the name that persists till this day.
You may be able to see glimpses of the entire world…
...without ever having to leave the United States.
This region is a true melting pot.
You’ll find dozens of nationalities, ethnicities, currencies, customs, cuisine, languages...and pretty much everything else in Orange County.
If you’re a currency collector, you may find it worth your while to wander around here, meeting people, striking up conversations, and seeing whether they’ve got anything you find valuable.
Just be warned though, you can’t actually pay for bus tickets (or anything else) using anything else than US Dollars.