San Gabriel Valley, California
The San Gabriel Valley is a major valley in Southern California located east of the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Basin. The San Gabriel Mountains are to the north, the San Rafael Hills are to the west, and the Puente Hills are to the south. The San Gabriel Valley obtained its name from the San Gabriel River that flows southward through the center of the valley. The river was named for the Spanish Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (founded in 1771) which is located in the city of San Gabriel.
The San Gabriel Valley is located in Los Angeles County. Incorporated cities and unincorporated areas of the San Gabriel Valley include:
Mission San Gabriel Arcangel
Mission Sari Gabriel Arcangel, founded in 1771, was the fourth of 21 Spanish missions to be established in California. Today, the mission is a fully functioning Roman Catholic Mission in the City of San Gabriel. Visitors can tour the church, a museum, and the grounds. Exhibits include religious artifacts, books, and numerous relics'. Mission San Gabriel is a California Historical Landmark and is listed on the. U.S National Register of Historic Places.
Ortega - Vigare Adobe
The Ortega-Vigare Adobe, constructed in 1792, is the second oldest adobe in the San Gabriel Valley. The California Historical Landmark is located in the City of San Gabriel. The adobe is located immediately south of Mission San Gabriel Arcangel which was founded in 1771.
La Puente Valley Historical Society
The La Puente Valley Historical Society is a non-profit historical society and museum headquartered in the City of Industry which is in the central San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County. Many artifacts, which include extensive photos and books, are located in the Heritage Room at the La Puente City Hall. The La Puente Valley Historical Society is governed by a board of directors and sponsors several events throughout the year.
San Gabriel Wilderness
The San Gabriel Wilderness is a wilderness area established by the U.S. Forest Service in 1968. The 36,118 acre area is located within the Angeles National Forest on the southern slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains and north of the San Gabriel Valley. The closest city is Pasadena which is to the south. Bear Creek Trail, Mt. Waterman Trail, and Devil's Canyon Trail all provide access.
The Rio Hondo is a 16:4 mile-tributary of the Los Angeles River in Los Angeles County. The headwaters are in the San Gabriel Mountains above the San Gabriel Valley.
San Jose Hills
The San Jose Hills are located in the eastern part of Los Angeles County where the San Gabriel Valley and the Pomona Valley meet. The hills are located within Covina, West Covina, San Dimas, Walnut, and Pomona. The highest peak is Buzzard Peak which. reaches to 1,329 feet. Wildlife includes gray fox, skunks, opossums, squirrels, and bobcats.
South San Jose Hills
South San Jose Hills is an unincorporated, census-designated, residential community in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County. It is located just south of West Covina at the southern end of the San Jose Hills.
Avocado Heights is an unincorporated, census-designated place in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County north of the Puente Hills, and east of the San Gabriel River. The population is approximately 15,900. Pasadena is approximately 20 miles to the northwest and Downtown Los Angeles is about 18 miles to the west.
Bassett is an unincorporated community in the San Gabriel Valley located within Avocado Heights. The community was established in 1921.
Citrus is an unincorporated, census-designated place in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County with a population of approximately 11,500. Citrus is located between Azusa, Glendora, and Covina, and is near Charter Oak which is another census-designated area.
Charter Oak is an unincorporated, census-designated place in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County with a population of approximately 9,600. Glendora is to the north, Covina is to the west and south, and San Dimas is to the east.
Valinda is an unincorporated, census-designated place in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County with a population of approximately 23,000. West Covina is to the north and east, and La Puente is to the west and south.
West Puente Valley
West Puente Valley is a rural, unincorporated, residential, census-designated area in the San Gabriel Valley region of eastern Los Angeles County. The City of La Puente is to the east and south, Baldwin Park is to the northwest, and the city of West Covina is located to the northeast. West Puente Valley is approximately midway between Downtown Los Angeles to the west, and Pomona to the east. Most of the land in West Puente Valley is undeveloped.
Hillgrove is an unincorporated area in the San Gabriel Valley which is adjacent to Hacienda Heights. The population is approximately 16,500.
Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park
The Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park is a large recreational area in the eastern San Gabriel Valley located in San Dimas. The park contains the 250-acre lake named Pudding ham Reservoir which provides visitors with swimming, boating, sailing, wind surfing, and jet skiing recreation. The park.offers hiking, biking, campsites, playgrounds, and several picnic areas.
The Emerald Necklace is a seventeen-mile interconnected network of bikeways, multiuse trails, parks, and greenways along the Rio Hondo River and the San Gabriel River. Amigos de los Rios is a non-profit organization dedicated to working with various cities and stakeholders to improve the Emerald Necklace area. The goal is to create an improved "necklace" of parks and reclaimed natural open areas. The Peck Road Conservation Park is part of the Emerald Necklace.
The Whittier Narrows is a water gap in Los Angeles County, located at the southern end of the San Gabriel Valley between the Puente Hills to the east and the San Rafael Hills to the west. It is the point where both the Rio Hondo and the San Gabriel River leave the San Gabriel Valley and flow into the Los Angeles Basin.
Egret Park is a small community park located adjacent to the Los Angeles River at the downstream end of the Whittier Narrows. It is one of the most beautiful natural stretches along the river. Visitors are highly likely to see a family of Egrets and other wildlife at the edge of the river.
Whittier Narrows Dam
The Whittier Narrows Dam is a 56 foot tall earthen dam on the San Gabriel River located at the Whittier. Narrows. The· dam, which was built in 1956-1957 as a flood control project, created a major reservoir which is now a popular recreation destination.
Lario Trail System
The Lario Trail System consists of 22 miles of biking, hiking, and equestrian trails along the Los Angeles River and the 16.4 mile Rio Hondo tributary. The trail begins near the Whittier Narrows Dam and continues along the Rio Hondo tributary until its confluence with the L.A. River, and runs to the Pacific Ocean at Long Beach. The Lario Trail provides connections to seven parks adjacent to the Los Angeles River and Rio Hondo tributary.
American Society of Military History - Military Museum
The American Society of Military History, founded in 1962, is a non-profit, educational, volunteer organization located in South EI Monte which is in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County.
San Gabriel Valley Airport
The San Gabriel Valley Airport, previously the EI Monte Airport, is a 103-acre public airport with a single runway located in the central San Gabriel Valley in the city of EI Monte. Approximately 105 aircraft are based at the airport and aircraft operations average 90,000 per year.
The Claremont Colleges, known as the 7Cs, consist of two graduate and five undergraduate schools of higher education located in Claremont, California which is in the east San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County. The seven Southern California schools are a consortium within walking distance of each other. The purpose of the consortium is to provide students with specialization and flexibility along with the resources of a large university. The colleges have a combined enrollment of more than 9,000 students and offer more than 2,000 different courses.
The two graduate universities are:
- Claremont Graduate University, founded in 1925, offers master's and doctorial degrees in 31 disciplines.
- Keck Graduate Institute, founded in 1997, is a biomedical graduate school offering master's and doctoral degrees.
The five undergraduate colleges are:
- Pomona College, founded in 1887, is a liberal arts college and the founding member of the Claremont Colleges.
- Scripps College, founded in 1926, is a woman's liberal arts college offering 35 majors in the humanities and sciences.
- Claremont McKenna College, founded in 1946, is a liberal arts college offering majors in economics, international relations, public policy, and political science. Claremont McKenna College is home to Robert Day School of Economics and Finance which offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in finance.
- Harvey Mudd College, founded in 1955, specializes in mathematics, computers, science, engineering, and the physical and biological sciences.
- Pitzer College, founded in 1963, is a small liberal arts college specializing in social justice.
University of La Verne
The University of La Verne, founded in 1891 , is a private, non-profit university headquartered in La Verne on 66 acres in eastern Los Angeles County. Regional campuses are located in Bakersfield, Burbank, Oxnard, Ontario, Irvine, Victorville, and other Southern California cities. The university includes the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Public Management, LaFetra College of Education, College of Heath and Community Well-Being, and College of Law. It awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The university was founded by the Church of Brethren. Enrollment is nearly 10,000 students.
Life Pacific University
Life Pacific University (LPU), formerly Life Pacific College and Life Bible College, founded in. Echo Park, Los Angeles, is located in San Dimas which is in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County. Life Pacific University was established in 1923 by Aimee Semple McPherson as Echo Park Evangelistic and Missionary Training Institute and is affiliated with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. The university serves as the denomination's primary center for the education of teachers, missionaries, and ministers. The college offers Associate of Arts degrees, Bachelor of Arts degrees, and Master of Arts degrees. Enrollment averages about 800 students.
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa Pacific University is a private evangelical Christian university with Regional Centers in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Murrieta, Victorville, Orange, Monrovia, San Diego, and other Southern California communities. The main campus is in Azusa which is in Los Angeles County and the San Gabriel Valley, approximately 25 miles northeast of Downtown Los Angeles. The university was founded in 1899 and began offering degrees in 1939. It is the result of the merger of three Christian colleges, Azusa College, Arlington College, and Los Angeles Pacific College. Azusa' Pacific University, which has an enrollment of nearly 11,000 students, offers 51 undergraduate degrees, 30 graduate degrees, 14 certificates, 13 credential programs, and eight doctorial programs.
Citrus College, established in 1915, is an accredited two year community college in Glendora, California which is in the San Gabriel Valley and northwestern Los Angeles County. The 104-acre college has nearly 20,000 students enrolled and offers 65 Associate of Arts degrees and Associate of Science degrees and 88 Certificates of Completion. It is the oldest community college in Los Angeles County and the fifth oldest in California. College credits can be transferred to the University of California and all of the California State Universities.
East Los Angeles College (Monterey Park)
East Los Angeles College (ELAC), founded in 1945, is a two year public community college in the San Gabriel Valley city of Monterey Park which is just east of East Los Angeles. In 2022, an extension of the college was founded in South Gate which is located in southeastern Los Angeles County. ELAC is the largest community college in Los Angeles County with more than 36,000 students. The college offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree programs in more than academic 25 areas. ELAC is home to the Vincent and Mary Price Gallery, and the three-story Vincent Price Art Museum.
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