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Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Treasures of the Valley  » Mike Lawler

The Value of Old Newspapers
Old newspapers are invaluable to historians, and fascinating to anyone who has an interest in the past. For instance, our local paper from the 1920s through the ‘70s, The Ledger, is my primary source for the stories I write here. The Ledger was obsessed with our local history, and nearly every [...]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Treasures of the Valley  » Mike Lawler

Traveling from Pasadena to La Crescenta in 1886
I haven’t found an account of this journey, but we can piece together our own imagined account from various sources. Let’s imagine you are an old friend of Dr. Briggs, and have been invited to rejuvenate your ailing health in his new settlement of La Crescenta. After spending [...]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Treasures of the Valley  » Mike Lawler

Who Really Killed the Red Car Trolley?
In the first half of the last century, sunny Los Angeles was crisscrossed with the tracks of an efficient, clean and cheap public transit system. You could go anywhere in the city quickly and without the worry of traffic and parking. Even the Crescenta Valley was served by its [...]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Treasures of the Valley  » Mike Lawler

How the Verdugo Family Lost the Crescenta Valley

 The name Verdugo is attached to so many things in our valley – roads, parks, businesses, even the mountains we look at every day are named for this Spanish family. The name Verdugo is part of our collective DNA. The Verdugo family once owned our entire valley, along [...]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Treasures of the Valley  » Mike Lawler

Some Haunted Places in CV
In honor of Halloween I’ll write up a few of the rumored ghost stories I’ve heard over the years. Whether you’re a believer or not, I think everyone has either experienced the paranormal themselves, or knows somebody who has … or at least thought they had.
The paranormal is a pervasive part [...]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Treasures of the Valley  » Mike Lawler

Black Lives Didn’t Matter in Old CV
Race relations in America dipped historically low this year. Several killings of blacks by police followed by revenge shootings of police sparked riots and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, shining a spotlight on still simmering racial prejudice. Here we are, 150 years after the abolition of [...]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Treasures of the Valley  » Mike Lawler

La Cañada’s Famous Resident of the ’90s – Kevin Costner
Since the teens of the last century when Frank Flint transformed the rural La Cañada into the wealthy enclave of Flintridge, giants of the entertainment industry have called the area home. Silent movie stars Francis X. Bushman and Nola Luxford Dolberg and cowboy stars Tim McCoy [...]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Treasures of the Valley  » Mike Lawler

Bonetto’s Feed and Fuel – A Landmark Business
Anyone who grew up in our valley in the ‘50s and ‘60s is familiar with Bonetto’s Feed and Fuel. The store sat central in the Crescenta Valley, on the southwest corner of La Crescenta and Montrose avenues. A long rambling brick building ran west along Montrose Avenue, its [...]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Treasures of the Valley  » Mike Lawler

The Race to Build Our Flood Control Channels – 1934 to 1938
(Much of what I write here can be found in the comprehensive book covering CV’s flood control, “The Great Crescenta Valley Flood” by Art Cobery.)
We tend to overlook our flood control system. The deep square cement channels that cross under our streets running from [...]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Treasures of the Valley  » Mike Lawler

The Story Behind Fehlhaber-Houk Park
On a busy Tujunga Canyon Boulevard, where heavy traffic grinds along between Sunland-Tujunga and the 210 Freeway, lies a small park, little noticed by the cars rushing by. It’s little used as well, as it is truly a “passive park” – no tennis courts, playground equipment, not even a dedicated parking [...]


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