Anaheim began in 1857 as a colony of German farmers and vintners. They considered it their 'home by the river' (its name is a blend of "Ana", after the nearby Santa Ana River, and "heim", German for "home"). Anaheim was home to many orange growers and processors between 1880 and 1960, and in 1876, Anaheim was incorporated, and had a population of 881. By 1920, the population had risen to 5,526, and in 1887, the construction of the Santa Fe depot linked Anaheim with the East, providing a market for the crops of Anaheim. In the early 1950's, Walt Disney had an idea of creating a park for families - a unique playground. After being turned down by the city of Burbank, Walt Disney turned to Anaheim. Opening day was July 17, 1955, and there was a crowd of about 33,000 people, and millions more watching ABC's live broadcast. Anaheim became a modern day boomtown by the end of the 1950's.

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