Throughout the early twentieth century, the San Fernando Valley was farmland; wheat, avocados, oranges, and squash grew in abundance. Founded in 1910 along the Southern Pacific Railroad in the northwest San Fernando Valley, it was among the early housing tracts carved from the former Mission Rancho San Fernando lands. The post office and train depot were renamed Northridge in 1938. Today, California State University, Northridge sits on a portion of that land. CSUN University Archives.

Vintage Felix the Cat sign at Chevrolet on Figueroa in Los Angeles, CA.

Sherman Way and Mason Avenue looking east, 1938. The Los Angeles River Flood in 1938 was one the worst floods in Southern California history. When the Big Tujunga Wash levee broke, seventy-seven of its spreading basins were destroyed, telephone and electrical power were shut down, and bridges all over the Valley were washed out. Canoga-Owensmouth Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Devonshire Downs flier, circa 1960-1965. Flier advertising the availability of Devonshire Downs for use as an exposition facility and fair grounds. It was owned and operated by the San Fernando Valley State College and located on what is now part of the California State University, Northridge campus. The Downs hosted concerts such as Jimi Hendrix in the late 1960's. Chatsworth Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Suburbia - San Fernando Valley, California

Big Sur, Spring

1971 Sylmar Earthquake San Fernando Valley Lived through this quake on Feb. 9! Scary. We evacuated because the Van Norman Dam was cracked, and they thought it might burst down on the valley!

San Fernando Valley 1880

CSUN California State University Northridge formerly known as San Fernando Valley State College

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/

San Fernando Road, Burbank, California, 1950s.

Reseda Boulevard looking north, one block south of Sherman Way, circa 1954. California Bank building is on southwest corner of Reseda Boulevard and Sherman Way and is still standing today. American flag on right is above Reseda Post Office. Gas pumps in lower right belong to Atlantic Richfield gas station. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

San Fernando Valley Earthquake 1971 Sylmar California. I was living in Sylmar when this occurred.

San Pedro Drive-in Theatre • San Pedro, California

Northridge Skateland

Pickwick Drive-In Theatre, San Fernando Valley

Six Southern California Things We Will Never See Again - February 6, 2015, thesoutherncalifornian.blogspot.com Thrifty Drug Stores, Zody's, Broadway-May Co., Bullocks & Robinsons, The Peoplemover at Disneyland, Cal Worthington and his dog Spot, and Licorice Pizza. All huge parts of my childhood and teen years growing up in the San Fernando Valley.

San Fransisco cable cars...a childhood favorite memory

Lake Balboa, San Fernando Valley, California So beautiful when the cherry blossoms are in bloom...

First McDonald's was opened May 15, 1940 on Route 66 in San Bernardino, California. Pinner says: I remember the hamburger jail. We used to play in one just like that! Haven't seen one since then. Cool!

Chatsworth Park train tunnel, San Fernando Valley