The long awaited visual history of Eagle Rock, "Windows into Eagle Rock", will be available at the end of November. In it, the story of the community and its people are told. Author Eric Warren, president of the Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society, selected remarkable vintage images of his neighborhood's past from the society's outstanding archives as well as other public and private collections. They illustrate Eagle Rock's steady evolution from an oak-shaded valley into one of Los Angeles's great neighborhoods.
In over 200 maps, graphics and photographs, individual images combine to depict the development of our civic involvement, schools and churches and commercial district. Particular attention is paid to Occidental College and its historic connections to the community. The Valley of the Eagle Rock and its continuing history as a center of both regional infrastructure and civic pride and recreation is explored. The role of our town as "Homeland" is depicted through the individual stories of many of our families.
Eagle Rock grew as a small farming community just north of Los Angeles on Tongva ancestral lands that had become the great eastern pasture of the Rancho San Rafael. Eagle Rock enjoyed a geographic unity and a strong identity that revolved around its prominent namesake promontory.
By 1906, trolleys made for an easy commute to Los Angeles, and Eagle Rock, which incorporated as a city in 1911, became increasingly integrated in the urban fabric yet remained defined by its residential nature and small town character. Occidental College saw the quaint neighborhood at one end of York Valley as a place to grow.
The annexation of Eagle Rock by Los Angeles in 1923 brought ample water supply as well as Eagle Rock High School, a center of town life into the 21st century. Freeway construction and shifts in business patterns, affected Eagle Rock's growth in the post-World War II. years, but the pleasant neighborhood identity remains despite its proximity to urban bustle.
The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.
The book, published by Arcadia Publishing, will be available in both local and national stores, and from the Eagle Rock Historical Society during their Saturday hours for $21.95. The author Eric Warren will be available to sign books at the following events.
Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock
2225 Colorado Blvd.
Sunday, November 29 from 11-4
4972 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Saturday, December 5 from 1-4