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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Revisiting Bommer Canyon

Vintage Orange       Wednesday, April 20th 2016

It's hard to imagine that this city of nearly 250,000 people was once home to a cattle ranch. In fact, there are very few remnants of the Irvine Ranch cowboys still around. Fortunately, the old cattle camp at Bommer Canyon, adjacent to the Village of Turtle Rock, still retains some of that old cowboy flavor.

Years ago, Bommer Canyon was the final destination for cowboys who drove the cattle from their grazing pastures all over the ranch. Today, some of the original buildings and equipment are still standing at the park, reminding visitors of a bygone era.

Bommer Canyon is part of nearly 50,000 acres of protected open space called the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. This wilderness park, conveniently located only minutes away from many of Irvine's neighborhoods, is a natural treasure right in the city's backyard.

This week, Brian Hughes, Interpretive Specialist with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy, talks about Bommer Canyon's colorful past and the restored natural beauty of the present.

Listen to the Podcast Here.

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