The city of Laguna Hills honors the ranching heritage of this area. Moulton Ranch was founded by Lewis Moulton. He has his “LM” brand on the Our Ranch Heritage display. Nellie Gail Moulton has an exhibition case featuring the family’s history.
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Terra Cotta Busts – There are six life-sized terra cotta busts in the lobby. They feature Orange County pioneers. The Saddleback Valley landowners operated cattle ranches in our rolling hills. These busts were created with adobe clay by T.J. Dixon and James Nelson.
Nellie Gail Display Case Nellie Gail Display Case has original artifacts on loan from the Moulton family which include her passports. Nellie traveled the world and painted along the way. Family photos are featured with facsimile sketches.
Four panels representing early California themes on the lobby wall were developed for display in the Civic Center lobby representing specific themes and time periods: Native Americans; The Portola Expedition; Early Ranchos; and From Ranchos to Cities.
Laguna Hills officially became a City on March 5, 1991 when 86% of the residents voted in favor of forming the City of Laguna Hills. Subsequent annexations have included the North Laguna Hills (1996) and the “Westside Annexation” (2000) areas. The latter included 149 acres (0.60 km2) of residential land, including the Aliso Viejo Community Association’s Sheep Hills Park.
The Moulton Museum is a member of the Laguna Hills Chamber of Commerce. We hope to plan events with them in 2021 for the 30th anniversary of the city. Follow their events here.
City of Laguna Hills | School Curriculum
The City of Laguna Hills welcomes you to the Early History of Orange County – Discovery, Settlement, and Land Use Curriculum Guide. This curriculum guide has been developed to coordinate with the City’s Civic Center Public Art Program. Laguna Hills is committed to utilizing art in public spaces to educate students about the early history of the Saddleback Valley and Orange County, California.