24 Resources for History of the SFV: Part 1


Print shows a view of an arcade along a courtyard at the Mission San Fernando, Rey de España in San Fernando, California. Contributor Names L. Prang & Co., publisher Harlow, Louis K. (Louis Kinney), 1850-1913, artist

The City of Los Angeles was incorporated in 1850. The community was original established in  1781 as  El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles de Porciuncula as a  colonial New Spain by 44 settlers.  The San Fernando Valley began with the establishing of  The San Fernando Valley Mission on September 8, 1797, by Father Fermin Lasuen. The name San Fernando de Espana honors Saint Ferdinand III, King of Spain.  Earlier history of the San Fernando Valley is based on settlers from Mexico and South America to the area, when there were no borders. 

The modern-day development of older communities such as Canoga Park, Sylmar, San Fernando, Topanga, and Van Nuys are fascinating. There are many sites online which are dedicated to the history of the San Fernando Valley. Here are some of those sites:

Specific to a community

Canoga Park: A History – Canoga Park Chamber of Commerce (cpwhchamber.org)

Chatsworth History

History the Sylmar Chamber of Commerce and nearby communities

Topanga Digital History – LA County Library

History – Van Nuys Neighborhood Council (vnnc.org)

The Rich History of Topanga Malibu | Riviera Living | Shen Schulz (shenrealty.com)

Topanga Historical Society

San Fernando Rey – California Missions Foundation

The San Fernando Valley

History – San Fernando Valley Historical Society (sfvhs.com)

When the San Fernando Valley Was Rural | Lost LA | Food & Discovery | KCET

Natural History of the San Fernando Valley - San Fernando Valley Audubon Society (sfvaudubon.org)

Oil  & Mining History

Friends of Mentryville: California's First Oil Boom Town (scvhistory.com)

Home | California Oil Museum (caoilmuseum.org)

San Fernando, California Mining Claims And Mines | The Diggings™

Movie History

Iverson Movie Ranch: Bird's-eye view of Chatsworth, Calif., in the 1920s offers a glimpse at movie history

Going Forward

Warner Center Specific Plan Update (ca.gov)

Law Enforcement

September | 2016 | Guardians of Angels: A History of the Los Angeles Police Department (wordpress.com)

From the City of Los Angeles & Municipal Agencies

The History of Los Angeles | City of Los Angeles (lacity.gov)

Historic Places of LA (lacity.org)

Home | El Pueblo de Los Angeles: The Birthplace of Los Angeles (lacity.org)




And the wonderful San Fernando Valley museum.

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley (themuseumsfvnow.org)

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