Azusa Valley, before the 1850s, was a wilderness of ancient live oak trees; thick stretches of cactus, chaparral, and sagebrush; and large boulders from thousands of years of erosion. Pioneers staked claims and began to clear the land. Though many gave up and moved back East, the permanent settlers persevered, and Glendora emerged as a town around 1887. Glendora incorporated in 1911, and an immensely profitable citrus industry kept it thriving. Today it is a quaint community, proud of its citrus-trade heritage.
About the Author
For this retrospective glimpse at the history of Glendora, author Ryan Lee Price selected nearly 200 postcards from several collections, notably those of Glendora Historical Society, longtime Glendora collector Gordon Rowley, and Southern California’s postcard magnet, Roger LeRoque. All of these wonderful images, some not seen since they were posted, illustrate the journey of a once-bustling rural community into a vibrant suburb of Los Angeles.
Table of Contents
The Pioneer Age 9
Early Glendora 23
Everybody Goes Downtown 35
Education and Places of Worship 45
In Glendora, Citrus is King 57
Natural Beauty and Hidden Fortunes 71
A Trip around Town 83
Glendora's Landmarks and Legends 95
The Judge on the Mountain 109
Becoming Glendora 115