This year marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of Orange County. Before 1889, it was a part of Los Angeles County, a fact OC tries to forget but can't when having to get its TV and radio from Los Angeles-area stations. Lost to the history books are the men who led the split — mostly Southerners, with more than a few former Ku Klux Klan members thrown in. Why exactly did Orange County secede from Los Angeles County — and how would history have changed if the secession never happened?
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