Orangevale (originally Orange Vale) was known for the many orange groves existing in the large agricultural area known as the 1884 Santa Juanita Grant of the Mexican government. The first map filed for the area was dated at the Sacramento Recorder’s Office on May 24, 1888. In 1895 another map was recorded showing a street network with the name “Orange Vale Colony,” named after the colonization company and its orange groves.
Orange Vale gradually became known as Orangevale, although often referred to as “the Vale”. Colonists arrived in increasing numbers and “the Vale” became very successful.
Because of it’s natural beauty (including waterways and mountain views), recreational opportunities, high-ranking schools and the industrial growth of Sacramento and Placer Counties, people continue to settle into Orangevale. In the midst of this growth remain many original oak trees, trails, and a unique rural character which express the essential character of Orangevale.