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A horseback rider posing in front of a half dozen teams of horses pulling crop-filled wagons, with the town of San Fernando seen in the background, ca.

Water and Power Associates

Water and Power Associates

Water and Power Associates

Water and Power Associates

(1924)* - Aerial view of the second Raymond Hotel looking across the grounds at the western facade, the main entrance to the hotel. Extensive urban development can be seen in the background.	  Water and Power Associates

- Aerial view of the second Raymond Hotel looking across the grounds at the western facade, the main entrance to the hotel. Extensive urban development can be seen in the background. Water and Power Associates

The San Fernando Valley and Mission San Fernando circa 1875. Courtesy of the Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection, USC Libraries.

Water and Power Associates 1875 "San Fernando Mission looking South. Dirt roads and tree-dappled flatland extends toward the mountains." My Dad was there and he said it was all orange groves?

(November 5, 1913)* - The water gates are finally opened and 30,000 people watch in amazement as the Los Angeles Aqueduct water starts to flow down the cascades into the San Fernando Valley.

(November - The water gates are finally opened and people watch in amazement as the Los Angeles Aqueduct water starts to flow down the cascades into the San Fernando Valley.

GLENDALE:  A panoramic view of Verdugo Canyon with El Roble de la Paz, the Verdugo Adobe, at 2211 Bonita Drive, Glendale, CA, visible, 1911. The adobe is the last of five built by Teadoro Verdudo in 1860. Glendale Central Public Library. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

GLENDALE: A panoramic view of Verdugo Canyon with El Roble de la Paz, the Verdugo Adobe, at 2211 Bonita Drive, Glendale, CA, visible, 1911. The adobe is the last of five built by Teadoro Verdudo in 1860. Glendale Central Public Library. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

San Fernando Valley before it joined LA in 1915  1880s: Horses plowing in a field. Los Angeles Public Library

25 photos of the San Fernando Valley before it joined LA in 1915

Before it was home to swimming pools and shopping centers, the Valley was largely an agricultural region—with horses, jackrabbits, and giant pumpkins.

Looking east over Cahuenga Pass and the San Fernando Valley from the Santa Monica Mountains 1939

Looking east over Cahuenga Pass and the San Fernando Valley from the Santa Monica Mountains 1939

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