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Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Treasures of the Valley  » Mike Lawler

Montrose Search and Rescue – The Boy Who Missed the Bus
In February 1958, 100 elementary school age inner-city kids from South Central LA boarded busses of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) for a trip to the snow. For many of these kids, this would be their first time in the snow; for some their first [...]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Treasures of the Valley  » Mike Lawler

Montrose Search and Rescue – Campers Saved By the Whistle

On Wednesday, Jan 2, 1974, John Larson took his 3-year-old son John Junior on an adventure – a “cold-camping” excursion into the San Gabriel Mountains. Larson was an experienced outdoorsman with proper gear. He planned to camp on a trail a few miles out of Buckhorn [...]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Treasures of the Valley  » Mike Lawler

The History of the Montrose Search and Rescue Team – Our Local Heroes
We live on the doorstep of a huge wilderness, the Angeles National Forest. This vast mountainous area is crisscrossed with miles of twisting, narrow mountain roads, and a confusing maze of hiking trails. The hundreds of square miles of nearly vertical mountainsides and [...]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Treasures of the Valley  » Mike Lawler

Wild Times at CV’s Prohibition-era Speakeasy!
It’s well known that the Crescenta Valley was a hotbed of illegal alcohol production and consumption during Prohibition. It was close enough to LA and Hollywood to make for easy access, yet remote enough geographically with its many hidden canyons to make law enforcement problematic. The remains of stills and [...]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Treasures of the Valley  » Mike Lawler

When Indy Cars Roared in Montrose – Part 2

Last week I wrote about the Valley Machine Shop, located at 3512 Ocean View, where Augustine and Bailey Glass is today. In the 1930s, a famous racecar builder, Paul Fromm, owned that shop and produced some winning Indy and sprint cars there. I’m reprinting some memoirs written [...]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Treasures of the Valley  » Mike Lawler

When Indy Cars Roared in Montrose – Part 1
A little known aspect of the history of the Indianapolis 500 is the central role that Glendale, and by extension the Crescenta Valley, played in Indy car development and history. Glendale was a powerhouse of race car production from the ’20s into the ’60s, building powerful innovative [...]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Treasures of the Valley  » Mike Lawler

Montrose’s Auto Assembly Plant – The Flintridge Motor Manufacturing Corporation

As promised in last week’s column, we have more local auto history for all our “gearhead” readers. It may surprise you to find out that in February 1957, the Flintridge Motor Manufacturing Corporation established an auto assembly plant in Montrose at 3724 Park Place. The building [...]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Treasures of the Valley  » Mike Lawler

The Former Car Dealerships of CV – Part 6

I think I’ll draw this series to a close. I received an unprecedented response and it’s obvious that the car dealerships of CV are fond memories for many. I could go on forever, but I have more of CV’s history to cover. I have one more memory [...]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Treasures of the Valley  » Mike Lawler

The Former Car Dealerships of CV – Part 5
Continuing with the very popular subject of local car dealerships that have disappeared, I received an email from Jeff Olmsted: “Don’t forget Plunkett Motors (Volkswagen) in Sunland at 8614 Foothill Blvd. and Foothill Volkswagen in La Cañada where Trader Joe’s and other stores are located now. I [...]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Treasures of the Valley  » Mike Lawler

The Former Car Dealerships of CV – Part 4
These columns on the past car dealerships have taken on a life of their own. I’ve never gotten such an overwhelming response to my columns before. What I thought was going to be a two-column series is now blossoming into probably a five or six-part series due [...]


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