Gospel Swamp was originally populated by squatters, who were farming families of modest means.  City dwellers in Santa Ana and Anaheim referred to them as the “Swampers” or “Swamp Angels”. They came from many parts of the United States and belonged to various religions including Methodists, Presbyterian and Reorganized latter Day Saints. Both Methodist and Reorganized latter Day Saint churches were built there in the 1870s. It was named by locals in the 1870s because of the Evangelical Ministers who set up tents in the area and preached the gospel. The first was the Reverend Isaac Hickey, but others like “Mormon” (D.S.) Mills also preached there.  They were often ridiculed by city dwellers for driving dilapidated wagons with old horses into town to sell dried peat for fuel.