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When Quaker colonists arrived in Southern California in 1887 to establish their "ideal city of dreams" between the San Gabriel River and the base of the Puente Hills, this land already had a storied past. It was once a place where native Tongvans gathered, the site of Spanish land grant holder Manuel Nieto's rancho, and home to the mansion of the last governor of Alta California, Pío Pico. Named by the early settlers after the abolitionist poet, "Ye Olde Friendly Towne of Whittier" grew from a small colony of Quaker pioneers to a bustling center for the production of citrus, walnuts, and avocados. After incorporation in 1898, Whittier also became a flourishing suburb connected to Los Angeles via the Pacific Electric trolley; the home of Whittier College, celebrated for its academics and the mascot Johnny Poet; and home to several notable Americans, including the 37th president of the United States.
ISBN: 9781467134293
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 209
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Authors Mike Garabedian and Rebecca Ruud have sought to tell Whittier's story by selecting photographs from the archives of the Whittier Public Library, Whittier Historical Society, and Whittier College, as well as private collections of Whittier's earliest days. They present these images in the hope of preserving and honoring Whittier's unique history and special community.