Brentwood, California (Images of America Series)

Overview

The future Brentwood began to change more than a century ago when 300 wild acres of brushy canyons and rabbit and coyote habitat along with sheep-grazed mesas were contributed to the cause of needy veteran soldiers. Landowners Sen. John P. Jones of Nevada and Arcadia Bandini de Baker turned the land over to the board of managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. The Pacific branch of this national hospice organization opened its doors to patients in 1888. Soon families and staff began to ...
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Overview

The future Brentwood began to change more than a century ago when 300 wild acres of brushy canyons and rabbit and coyote habitat along with sheep-grazed mesas were contributed to the cause of needy veteran soldiers. Landowners Sen. John P. Jones of Nevada and Arcadia Bandini de Baker turned the land over to the board of managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. The Pacific branch of this national hospice organization opened its doors to patients in 1888. Soon families and staff began to purchase lots and build homes near the gates. Businesses began to open to service the new residents. Through the late 20th century, this western area of the city of Los Angeles became known for beautiful neighborhoods, movie star residents, and a relaxed lifestyle—it became Brentwood.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738556215
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 4/2/2008
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,408,418
  • Product dimensions: 8.34 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author


Author Jan Loomis has spent 25 years mining the Santa Monica Land and Water Company files to develop articles about West Los Angeles and help local writers create books and articles. Photographs for this trip down Brentwood's memory lane also are drawn from the Brentwood Historical Society, Brentwood Park Property Owner's Association, the University of Southern California's Doheny Memorial Library, Los Angeles Public Library, and the private collections of Brentwood residents.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     6
Introduction     7
The Rancho: The Way It Was     9
The Old Soldiers' Home: Anchoring a Community     15
The Promoters: Capitalizing on a Paradise     21
The Streets: Building a Suburb     29
The Trolleys: Connecting Suburb to Town     43
The Neighborhoods: Creating Communities     49
The Residents: Living in Brentwood     71
The Institutions: Serving Brentwood     85
The Happenings: Memorable Moments     101
Today: Moving into Tomorrow     123
Bibliography     127

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