Category: Los Angeles

Landmark No. 874 – Workman Home and Family Cemetery

Background History From California’s Office of Historic Preservation: William Workman and John Rowland organized the first wagon train of permanent eastern settlers, which arrived in Southern California on November 5, 1841. Together they owned and developed the 48,790-acre La Puente Rancho. Workman began this adobe home in 1842 and remodeled it in 1872 to resemble a manor house in his native England. He also established ‘El Campo Santo,’ this region’s […]

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Landmark No. 947 – Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility

Background History From California’s Office of Historic Preservation: The March 11, 1889 Act of the California Legislature authorized the establishment of a school for juvenile offenders. Dedication and laying of cornerstone was done by Governor R. W. Waterman on February 12, 1890. Officially opened as ‘Whittier State School’ for boys and girls on July 1, 1891. Girls were transferred in 1916 and only boys have been in residence since that […]

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Landmark No. 681 – Paradox Hybrid Walnut Tree

Background History From California’s Office of Historic Preservation: Planted in 1907 by George Weinshank and assistants under the direction of Professor Ralph Smith as part of an experimental planting for the University of California Experiment Station, this tree stands as a monument to the early cooperation of state educational system with local walnut industry. Location and Coordinates: 12300 Whittier Boulevard, Whittier. 33°58’26″N 118°02’45″W Personal Experience: This landmark was quite an uneventful […]

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Landmark No. 127 – Casa de Governor Pio Pico

Background History From California’s Office of Historic Preservation: Following the Mexican War, Pío Pico, last Mexican governor, acquired 9,000-acre Rancho Paso de Bartolo and built here an adobe home that was destroyed by the floods of 1883-1884. His second adobe casa, now known as Pío Pico Mansion, represents a compromise between Mexican and American cultures. While living here the ex-Governor was active in the development of American California. Location and […]

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Landmark No. 372 – Adobe de Palomares

Background History From California’s Office of Historic Preservation: Completed about 1854 and restored in 1939, this was the family home of Don Ygnacio Palomares. Governor Juan B. Alvarado granted Rancho San Jose to Don Ygnacio and Don Ricardo Vejar in 1837. Location and Coordinates: 491 E Arrow Hwy, Pomona. 34°05’26″N 117°44’35″W Personal Experience: There is an old school oven that was being used to make pizza dough when I was there. […]

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Landmark No. 289 – First Home of Pomona College

Background History From California’s Office of Historic Preservation: Pomona College, incorporated October 14, 1887, held its first class in this small frame cottage on September 12, 1888. Those in attendance consisted of a mere handful of eager students, five faculty members, and the president, Professor Edwin C. Norton. Five months later, in January 1889, the college moved to an unfinished boom hotel on a plot of land in the town […]

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