This area has been inhabited for thousands of years … from the earliest Native Americans, through the Spanish land grant of Rancho Los Coyotes to the township set up by James A. Whitaker in 1887. However, Buena Park did not become a “city” until the residents voted for incorporation on January 20, 1953. On January 27, 1953, the first city council was sworn in.
For more information about the history of Buena Park, check out The Picture Story of Buena Park: from Coyotes to Cityhood at the Buena Park Historical Society’s website ( www.historicalsociety.org ). Written by H.A. “Hub” Chamberlain in the 1970’s, it’s still a terrific overview of the city’s history with fascinating old-time photos. For more books about the history of Buena Park, check the library’s catalog at www.buenaparklibrary.org