Garvanza (Images of America)

Garvanza (Images of America)

Charles J. Fisher

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: 0738581208

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Named for the garbanzo bean that Julio Verdugo raised on his Rancho San Rafael, the town of Garvanza was laid out by Ralph Rogers in 1886. The community soon became a haven for artists and others seeking a refuge from the growing urban life of Los Angeles. Early institutions included the Church of the Angels and the Judson Studios, founded by painter William Lees Judson to create art through stained glass. The town's identity was eventually overtaken by neighboring Highland Park, but the community name was reestablished in the 1990s by today's residents, who are as in love with its beauty as those 110 years earlier.

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OPENING DAY. The completion of the electric rail line through Garvanza was a major event for its citizens, as this modern commuter link between Los Angeles and Pasadena heralded a new era of easy access to Garvanza. The Los Angeles Electric Railway Company, which was built by Moses Hazeltine Sherman and his brother-in-law, Eli P. Clark, was later sold to Pacific Electric. (Security Pacific Collection.) ON THE COVER: The Garvanza Improvement Association purchased this wagon to water newly planted

wider. The people now wanted a means of preventing a future occurrence. It would take two more decades for the plan to be implemented. (Virginia Neely collection.) THE TAMING OF THE ARROYO. Hundreds of workmen labor to get the concrete lining in place for the Arroyo Seco channel on July 1, 1935. The design was one of the first to be implemented by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers after a flood the previous year had taken out a new bridge downstream at Avenue 52. The work pace was fast to be ready

This view from the Marmion Way Bridge shows a low level of traffic on the new freeway but a high level of water in the Arroyo Seco channel to the right. Heavy rains, ending 10 days before this March 27, 1941, photograph, had left more than 26 inches of rain in Garvanza so far that year. The tar in the center lane of the concrete road was a concession to the asphalt industry. (Auto Club of Southern California, USC Archives.) DRIVING BY THE BRIDGE. This view of the freeway with traffic driving by

the community, but it was soon to become a battle to retain its identity, as both Garvanza and Highland Park were beginning to mesh with each other as they grew. That first battle was settled in Garvanza’s favor in 1903, but it was to continue in the future. GARBANZO! Promotion was the key to success during the 1880s land boom, and Ralph Rogers was one of the best promoters around. Marketing the town under the name of the bean, Rogers offered free rides from Los Angeles and Pasadena. Another

collection. Because of my long-term relationship with the Judson family—David Judson; his mother, Karen; and his late father, Walter—I have had access to one of the true treasures of Garvanza. There are too many aspects and stories of Garvanza history for all to make it into a book with limited space, so I apologize if I did not include some important history. And finally, thank you for the inspiration and encouragement of friends who have written previous Arcadia Publishing titles: Glen

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