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. - that was always a really nice funny thing to see when driving down the freeway with my parents. I think this is close to USC.

San Fernando Valley

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.

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.

Chatsworth Park San Fernando Valley

Greetings From San Fernando Valley California 1950s

Anna Mary Forrester was the daughter of Peter Forrester, a native of Scotland. She arrived in California about 1852 and married Benigno Pico at Misión San Luís Obispoon January 6, 1864. Anna was 87-years-old when she died at her home at 451 Mission Street, San Fernando, California, where she had resided since 1877. San Fernando Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Big Sur, Spring

Just down the street from where I grew up. -- Peach Trees at the Gallardo home in Northridge, circa 1959. In 1962, the state acquired the land for the expansion of the California State University campus in Northridge (CSUN). 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

San Fernando Valley

Bob's Big Boy - great burgers. In the San Fernando Valley in California

Suburbia - San Fernando Valley, California

America Series, 818 San, California, The, Baby Boomer, Angeles Pure, Angeles Historical, San Fernando Valley

Old San Fernando Mission

Pickwick Drive-In Theatre, San Fernando Valley

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

Installation of a gas line for Southern California Gas Company along San Fernando Road, 1910. The line was finished in 1912. By 1913, gas was being transported from the natural gas fields near Taft, California to the Burbank area. By 1924, services reached to Tujunga. Glendale Central Public Library. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.