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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 [...]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Treasures of the Valley  » Mike Lawler

The Former Car Dealerships of CV – Part 3

In the last couple of columns, I’ve been writing about the amazing number of car dealerships we used to have in the Crescenta Valley area. Many of those former auto showrooms are still around. I was writing about those first before I launched into the ones that [...]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Treasures of the Valley  » Mike Lawler

The Former Car Dealerships of CV – Part 2
Last week I began writing about the former car dealerships of CV, starting with the ones whose showrooms still exist. I expected to get some updates and corrections from my readers. Sure enough, I just got an email from Stu McCament, who has lived in the valley [...]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Treasures of the Valley  » Mike Lawler

The Former Car Dealerships of CV – Part 1
I get quite a few great suggestions for stories from readers. Last year Ed Fortier suggested a story on the car dealerships of the valley, and he gave me several leads. I’ll start with the dealers whose auto showrooms still exist, now housing other businesses. I’m unsure [...]

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 [...]


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