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Pham 1 Duy Stephen Pham GE Cluster 66A – Los Angeles Section 1B 6 December 2007 Glendale: Growth via Transportation “We are living in a new age; things are moving faster than at any other period in the world’s history and we are just beginning to grow. This part of California between the mountains and the sea is destined to be the most densely populated portion of the globe. It is the pleasure ground of America; not only that, but manufacturers are coming here very largely because of what I told you a moment ago, because a man’s efficiency is at its greatest here.” 1 This quote, stated by an optimistic citizen of Glendale in the early 20 th century, fully captures the mood of the community and its citizens during its beginnings. Throughout its history, Glendale has acquired an image of opportunity and potential, which is largely created by the connection of imperative railways along with the establishment of primary air terminals during the early 1900s. Glendale’s transportation development, which transpired because of the city’s optimism and ambition, pushed the city to great prominence and economic strength, as railroads and air terminals have boosted Glendale’s wealth and even its reputation. Glendale’s history began in the late 18 th century, when a Spanish corporal named Jose Maria Verdugo was granted the territory of Glendale and its surrounding area from the Spanish empire, creating the property titled Rancho San Rafael. After building and ranching the land for several years, Verdugo died in 1831, and the territory was distributed to Verdugo’s children. Forty years later, the Rancho was again divided under the “Great Partition,” which separated the property into 31 parcels among 28 persons, eventually leading to the founding of the different 1 . Philip W. Parker, interview by author, J. C. Sherer, circa 1922.
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Pham 2 cities that are existent today. By January of 1887, a group of landowners came together and officially recorded their small portion of the Rancho as the “Town of Glendale.” Following this creation of a townsite, Glendale became an incorporated city in 1906, thus beginning the development of this striving city, in which many historic events affected its present characteristics. Even during the founding of Glendale, the city was acknowledged as an ideal, desirable community. Edward U. Emery, one of the city’s incorporators who came to Glendale in 1906, felt that the Glendale “sparkled like a jewel in the sun,” suggesting that it be called Jewel City. 2 This nickname was utilized with pride throughout numerous advertising techniques, as many boosters attempted to portray Glendale as a radiant town. This term additionally connects to the blossoming economy of this ‘Jewel City,’ connoting wealth and affluence. Even through the city’s beginnings, a clear sense of potential was existent. The factor that truly set in motion the development of Glendale and brought about this
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This note was uploaded on 03/09/2008 for the course GE CLUST 66A taught by Professor Reiff during the Fall '07 term at UCLA.

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