An old time camp outfit near Ventura Boulevard and Valley Circle Boulevard, circa 1900. Leonis Adobe is in the background. On the El Camino Real sign it says, "83.9 Santa Barbara, 18 Newberry Park, 47.9 Ventura, Los Angeles 26.1, Encino 8, Hollywood 19.6, San Fernando Mission 14. The El Camino Real bells were placed along the mission routes. " West Valley Museum. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.
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.
Stork and baby promotional plaque representing Owensmouth, the newest town in the San Fernando Valley, March 30, 1912. This plaque was given to prospective buyers by land developers on the opening day of land sales in Owensmouth. The new town was named Owensmouth in anticipation of the water being brought from the Owens Valley via the Los Angeles Aqueduct. In 1931, the town was renamed Canoga Park. West Valley Museum. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.
The cover of a brochure for the Mulholland Hills development above Studio City by Merrick & Ruddick Realtors (ca. 1924). The subdivision’s frontage was on the Mulholland Highway between Franklin and Coldwater Canyons, facing the San Fernando Valley. Amusingly, the fanciful cover art depicts a view to the sea instead of the valley floor. One of its selling points was Coldwater Canyon, which offered the first direct road link from Ventura Boulevard in the valley to Beverly Hills.
Program for Biennial General Federation of Women's Club Memorial Service, Hollywood Bowl, June 8, 1924. Event co-sponsored by the various women's clubs of Los Angeles including the women's clubs of the San Fernando Valley. Canoga Park Women's Club Collection. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.
Jess Willard or "The Great White Hope" was the one-time heavy weight boxing champion of the world, from 1915 to 1919, who beat Jack Johnson and Frank Morgan. He was born December 29, 1881 in St. Clere, Kansas. He retired from boxing in 1919 after losing in 3 rounds to Jack Dempsey. He owned several homes in the Los Angeles and Glendale areas before moving to the San Fernando Valley. Glendale Central Public Library. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.
Southern Pacific train schedule, Arcade Depot, March 1, 1906. Schedule shows train stops daily at Chatsworth Park Station and Nordhoff Station in Zelzah (now Northridge). West Valley Museum. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.
Dr. David Burbank, 1850. Burbank was born in New Hampshire in 1821. Trained as a dentist , he began his practice in Maine. In 1853, he moved to San Francisco and resumed his practice until 1866 when he purchased La Providencia Rancho and the western portion of the San Rafael Rancho. In 1886, Burbank sold his holdings to Los Angeles land speculators who formed the Providencia Land, Water & Development Company. Burbank Historical Society. 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/
Mission Dr. San Gabriel, Los Angeles County, California 91776-1299 U.S. National Register of Historic Places #71000158, California Historical Landmark ##158. Interior of Old Mission Church, San Gabriel, California by Boston Public Library, via Flickr
John Steven and Ida Lubrecht McGroarty, circa 1915. John Steven McGroarty was Poet Laureate of the State of California 1933-1934, and represented Los Angeles in the US House of Representatives from 1935 to 1939. He authored the Mission Play, which romanticized McGroarty's former home in the Verdugo Hills. The McGroarty's Tujunga home now houses the McGroarty Arts Center, part of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.