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Rescue workers begin grim search for victims after a devastating earthquake destroyed two wings of the San Fernando Valley Veterans Administration hospital on February 9, 1971. San Fernando, Rey de España. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

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Native Americans posing at San Fernando Mission, circa 1880. Photo credit: Title Insurance and Trust Company. San Fernando, Rey de España. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Exterior view of the Cody Theater, located at 303 S. Brand Boulevard, San Fernando, 1923. The movie advertised on the theater's marquee is Grumpy (1923) starring prolific silent film star of the 1910s and 1920s, Theodore Roberts. San Fernando Valley Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Interior view of an ice cream parlor located on Maclay Avenue between 1st and 2nd Streets in San Fernando, Calif. Nathaniel Pico (son of Benjamine and Anna Forrester Pico) and Eugene Oliver are visible behind the counter. San Fernando Valley Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library

View of Commerce Street in Tujunga, circa 1950. Commerce Street is located at the foothills of the northern rim of the San Fernando Valley. Caption on the verso reads, "It is considered one of the most healthful spots in the country." San Fernando Valley Collection. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Group portrait of a class at the Lopez Station School in Granada Hills, circa 1883. The school was run by Geronimo and Catalina Lopez and was the first English speaking school in the Valley. The school closed in 1884. San Fernando Valley Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Portrait of Miguel Leonis, circa 1870s. Leonis was born in Cambo in the French Pyrenees in 1824. As one of the most colorful of the early land settlers and pioneers the San Fernando Valley, he became known as "The King of Calabasas." Leonis came to the Valley in 1858 and by the late 1800's he controlled and ruled much of the west end of the San Fernando Valley. Leonis Adobe Museum and Plummer House. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Looking north towards what is now Chatsworth Street and Sepulveda Boulevard. In the distance, the San Fernando Mission is visible, surrounded by open land. circa 1920. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Winter wonderland in Chatsworth, January 1949. Snow is unusual in the San Fernando Valley, although old-timers say it was more common before all the development after the 1920's and 1930's. Chatsworth Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Unveiling of a painting of Lieutenant Colonel John C. Fremont to be placed at the Campo de Cahuenga in North Hollywood, 1955. The building, a historic landmark, is located across the street from Universal Studios. San Fernando Valley Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Home of Liberace, Sherman Oaks, circa 1955. Printed on the back of the postcard, "Famed TV and motion picture personality, Sherman Oaks, Calif., San Fernando Valley. West Valley Museum." San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Women packing lemons at San Fernando Heights Lemon Company, circa 1930. The woman with her hair pulled back, packing the Sunkist crate is Luz Mendez Calvo. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

1920 San Fernando Valley Veteran Hospital....most likely in Sylmar