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Plummer Street in Chatsworth after snowfall, January 11, 1949. The hills in the background are part of the Santa Susana Mountains that surround Box Canyon. Canoga-Owensmouth Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

The Santa Monica Freeway under construction at La Cienega and Venice boulevards in 1964. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive, UCLA Library.

Highland Avenue north of Hollywood Boulevard, 1906. Courtesy of the Photo Collection, Los Angeles Public Library

Downtown Los Angeles. This picture was taken from Spring and 2nd streets around 1895. The Hollenbeck Building is to the left. In the distant background are some of the houses on Bunker Hill close by to downtown. Suburbia just a block or two away from stark downtown! The tall towered building in the distance is the Court House.

A postcard featuring Southern Pacific Railroad's Coast Daylight (aka Southern Pacific No. 99), moving northbound near Chatsworth, circa 1940. The Coast Daylight operated between Los Angeles and San Francisco from dawn to dusk. West Valley Museum. 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.

November 5, 1913 - People watch in amazement as the Los Angeles Aqueduct water starts flowing down the cascades into the San Fernando Valley.. 52 Mule Team http://www.pinterest.com/pin/461056080575713332/ http://www.pinterest.com/slt1954/old-la/

Old stage coach road in Chatsworth shows the rough terrain over which the stage lines traveled. The road dates from the 1860's and represents a period in the Valley when the trail linked Los Angeles, Encino, Simi Valley, and Ventura. It was declared an historic-cultural monument on January 5, 1972. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

View of the Santa Susana Pass and Chatsworth. The postmark is dated May 7, 1941. West Valley Museum. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library/

Topanga Canyon Road under construction, circa early 1900s. In the background is visible Pedro Orsua and a team of horses. This image was donated by Laura B. Gaye, from her book "Land of the West Valley." San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

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.

The San Fernando Power House in Sylmar, under construction in 1917. It was owned by the Los Angeles Bureau of Power and Light. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

my beautiful purple valley!!! :) "Hello" from the San Fernando Valley postcard, circa late 1950s :: San Fernando Valley History

Farm workers in Chatsworth, 1900. The fruit cutting shed behind the workers is near the "Tex'a" place. The second woman on the left is Emma Johnson Graves. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Advertisement for Peterson Dairy Farm at 9409 Farrolone Avenue in Chatsworth, California, circa 1966. Associated Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley Collection. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.