The San Fernando Valley: America's Suburb

The San Fernando Valley: America's Suburb

The San Fernando Valley America s Suburb A journalist and native son of the San Fernando Valley arguably America s quintessential suburb returns to his old neighborhoods and discovers a long rich history filled with the sort of lore and t

  • Title: The San Fernando Valley: America's Suburb
  • Author: Kevin Roderick
  • ISBN: 9781883792558
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Paperback
  • A journalist and native son of the San Fernando Valley, arguably America s quintessential suburb, returns to his old neighborhoods and discovers a long, rich history filled with the sort of lore and traditions that make a place a home.

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      Published :2019-08-26T18:32:36+00:00

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    Whenever I go on vacation or travel somewhere, I always end up buying a book or two about the history of that place, and return home a mini-expert. Upon finding this book at the library, I realized I've lived in Los Angeles for 10 years and hadn't done much to learn the history of the other Los Angeles: the San Fernando Valley. Kevin Roderick's book traces the history of "The Valley" from its original settlement by Spanish settlers to it's 20th century history of rancheros and egg farms, to the [...]

    This may not be 5 stars to anyone who isn't interested in the San Fernando Valley history, but for anyone who is, it is a treasure trove of fascinating facts. This extremely well-researched book was damned hard to put down. Now I know where the local Tongva indians painted petroglyphs, the passes in the mountains I'm most likely to find an old cannonball in, where the Los Angeles river begins. I live in an area where a chicken ranch was and people tried to live on an acre of property with four p [...]

    Learning about the history of the SFV was fascinating. The Tongva and the Spaniards 1st meeting was on El Valle de Santa Catalina de Bononia de los Encinos (Valley of St. Catherine of the Oaks), interesting to see where some of the different cities got their names. Lots of great information - how the Californios came to giving up their land to the Americans, Leland Stanford's push to get his Southern Pacific through LA with a stop in the SFV, the entertainment industry's strong presence in the S [...]

    It's going to take me forever and a day to finish reading this. It's good, but my big gripe is with the layout. I hate it when publishers print books with sidebar content that spills onto a second page. Actually, I just hate sidebar content in general. It makes for a very disruptive reading experience as I flip pages back and forth and stop the flow of one container of text to read another. Fail!

    really interesting, to see what this valley was about for the last couple of hundred years. it's new, yes, but there's more history here than i imagined, and so neat to see parts of our neighborhood through different eyes. who knew that the first spanish expedition first saw the valley at the exact same spot that i first saw it? i might have to buy this book after i give it back to the library.

    Easy to read. It's to the point and very factual and interesting. Not boring at all. Plus side is there is an image in every other page that you rarely see. It's like the LA times on a colorfully illustrated book. I'm half way done.

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