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Variel Street, northeast at Van Owen Street, Canoga Park District, 1938.  Abandoned street cars used as houses in this sub-division. Poor Housing Conditions in Los Angeles Scrapbook. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Variel Street, northeast at Van Owen Street, Canoga Park District, 1938. Abandoned street cars used as houses in this sub-division. Poor Housing Conditions in Los Angeles Scrapbook. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

This is believed to be the last of the four "compass trees" that were planted by the padres who resided in the local missions in the late 1700's. These sycamore trees marked the gateway to the San Fernando Valley and served as a guide for travelers, as well as the padres who traveled from mission to mission. The trees were planted in a "V" formation and each tree pointed to a direction on the compass. Burbank Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

This is believed to be the last of the four "compass trees" that were planted by the padres who resided in the local missions in the late 1700's. These sycamore trees marked the gateway to the San Fernando Valley and served as a guide for travelers, as well as the padres who traveled from mission to mission. The trees were planted in a "V" formation and each tree pointed to a direction on the compass. Burbank Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Brand Boulevard at San Fernando Road, San Fernando, circa 1925. A street car from the Van Nuys line of the Pacific Electric Railway is prominent at center. West Valley Museum. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Brand Boulevard at San Fernando Road, San Fernando, circa 1925. A street car from the Van Nuys line of the Pacific Electric Railway is prominent at center. West Valley Museum. 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.

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.

The Country Cousins Market in the Sunland-Tujunga Area, northeast of the city of Los Angeles, circa 1940s. Little Landers Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

The Country Cousins Market in the Sunland-Tujunga Area, northeast of the city of Los Angeles, circa 1940s. Little Landers Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

The North Hollywood Pacific Electric Car Station was located at the intersection of Chandler and Lankershim Boulevards. It was part of a very efficient rail system that was dismantled due to competition from the automobile in 1952. This picture probably dates from 1919. Los Angeles Valley College Historical Museum. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

The North Hollywood Pacific Electric Car Station was located at the intersection of Chandler and Lankershim Boulevards. It was part of a very efficient rail system that was dismantled due to competition from the automobile in 1952. This picture probably dates from 1919. Los Angeles Valley College Historical Museum. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

San Fernando Mission, with aAview of the cloisters looking east, circa 1900. On the right is the star shaped fountain. The San Fernando Mission was founded on September 8, 1797, by Father Fermin Lasuen, The San Fernando Mission was the seventeenth in a succession of twenty-one missions established in the state. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

San Fernando Mission, with aAview of the cloisters looking east, circa 1900. On the right is the star shaped fountain. The San Fernando Mission was founded on September 8, 1797, by Father Fermin Lasuen, The San Fernando Mission was the seventeenth in a succession of twenty-one missions established in the state. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

U. S. Veterans' Hospital, San Fernando, California, circa 1920. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

U. S. Veterans' Hospital, San Fernando, California, circa 1920. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Damage to Olive View Hospital after the 6.6 Sylmar Earthquake in 1971.--| Photo: Courtesy USGS  At 6:00 a.m. on February 9, 1971, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake - the first large quake in the Los Angeles area in nearly 38 years -- shook the Southland, and was centered in the San Gabriel Mountains north of Sylmar.  Sixty four people lost their lives in the temblor, the first significant quake since the 6.4 Long Beach Earthquake in 1933

Damage to Olive View Hospital after the 6.6 Sylmar Earthquake in 1971.--| Photo: Courtesy USGS At 6:00 a.m. on February 9, 1971, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake - the first large quake in the Los Angeles area in nearly 38 years -- shook the Southland, and was centered in the San Gabriel Mountains north of Sylmar. Sixty four people lost their lives in the temblor, the first significant quake since the 6.4 Long Beach Earthquake in 1933

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