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A young woman painter from Chicago offered the two word name "Glen Dale" and it was approved. Although there is no documented rationale for this choice, "Glendale" means "Valley" in Scottish or Gaelic, and many of the early settlers of the region had emigrated from the British Isles. The two-part name was simplified to one word, however mail continued to be addressed to "Verdugo". It took eight years to persuade the Post Office to adopt the name "Glendale".

By 1887, Glendale , having an established name and being at about 150 acres, was surveyed and recorded officially as a town. By the turn of the century Glendale was rapidly becoming urbanized. In 1902 the Glendale Improvement Society, under the leadership of Mr. Edgar D. Goode and Dr. D.W. Hunt, embarked on a campaign to advertise Glendale, to develop new business, to attract residents, and above all to bring the Los Angeles Interurban railroad to Glendale from Los Angeles. The tracks were laid in 1904 through a strip of land owned by Leslie C. Brand -- a location well to the west of the then main thoroughfare, Glendale Avenue. The railway (by then called the Pacific Electric) eventually helped shift the business center of Glendale to Brand Boulevard, and also sparked the desired population growth. Glendale was officially incorporated in 1906.

  • Last visit to Glendale: Dec 2011
  • Intro Updated Jul 20, 2012
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    Only a small page but a good one! Love the Japanese gardens and the Brand library

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    The Japanese Tea house and garden looks lovely, and so does the street in the intro photo.

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    What a lovely town, I absolutely love this page, the Japanese teahouse and the Doctor´s house, thank God it wasn´t demolished.

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Feb 4, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      Thank you so much for stopping by. It is a hidden gem!

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