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Windows Into Eagle Rock
SAH/SCC Talk: Glendale
Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Eagle Rock volume in the Images of America series of historical books published by Arcadia Publishing sheds light on what was once a small farming community on Tongva ancestral lands. The author, SAH/SCC Life Member Eric Warren, will give the colorful history of this area that he knows so well with a slide talk based on the book, which will be available for purchase and signing. The talk takes place at the Central Library (Welton Becket Associates, 1973) in neighboring Glendale.

A native of the area and president of the Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society, Warren selected remarkable vintage images of his neighborhood's past from the Society's outstanding archives as well as from other public and private collections. They illustrate Eagle Rock's steady evolution from an oak-shaded valley into one of Los Angeles's great neighborhoods.

By 1906, trolleys made for an easy commute to Los Angeles, and Eagle Rock, which incorporated as a city in 1911, became increasingly integrated in the urban fabric yet remained defined by its residential nature and small-town character. The annexation of Eagle Rock by Los Angeles in 1923 brought ample water supply as well as Eagle Rock High School, a center of town life, into the 21st century. Freeway construction and shifts in business patterns affected Eagle Rock's growth in the post-World War II years, but the pleasant neighborhood identity remains despite its proximity to urban bustle.

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