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Historical Valley Sites Making Headlines

Pierce College from Wikipedia; Rocketdyne from Wikipedia; Francis Lederer Home from CSUN Library; NoHo Train Depot from CRA/LA
In the past couple of weeks, the following news has been published regarding the San Fernando Valley's history. It seems ironic that all this "historical" news has come out lately. 
  1. Our Intimiate Affair with Amelia Earhart in North Hollywood Park [NoHo-Toluca Lake Patch].....this isnt really news but was written by Craig Clough who does a wonderful job of covering history in his respective area. This is a reminder for all that the great Amelia Earhart made her living in the San Fernando Valley. A statue has been dedicated to her near the NoHo library. 
  2. MTA's Long-Planned Restoration of Historic North Hollywood Train Depot Set to Begin [NoHo-Toluca Lake Patch].....also from Craig Clough. It looks like that ugly building next to the Orange Line dropoff for the Red Line at Lankershim may soon be restored to its glory days of the past when it was used for the Pacific Electric Red Car. Finally this is coming to fruition. Conicidentally or not, a new book about the Pacific Electric and the Growth of the San Fernando Valley was just published by Dave Coscia. 
  3. San Fernando Valley Musuem Moves Into Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks [Daily News].....all the treasures and collections of the MSFV can now be viewed at the mall of all places. Almost seems fitting since most of us probably grew up in the mall. It was very nice for the Westfield company to give space to MSFV to open a museum. Hard to believe they are having a hard time finding a tenant and are willing to give up their space to the MSFV. Are they going to be able to fill up the 50 additional stores at the Village?
  4. Yard House, Elephant Bar Coming to Northridge Fashion Center [Chatsworth Patch]....not significant historical news but new restaurants are coming. 
  5. Lederers' Former Mansion Could Become Assisted Living Complex [Daily News].....the ranch home built by actor Francis Lederer could get a makeover. This is a historical site that is protected. 
  6. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in Canoga Park Up For Sale [Daily News].....this site is once again for sale which was previously owned by Boeing, Rockewll, and North American Aviation. Hard to believe this site once employed more than 25,000 engineers during the height of the cold war era. I read that someone but cannot remember. 
  7. Debate Rages Over Uncertain Future of Pierce College Farm [Daily News]....another histocial site to be shut down????

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Marty Mcfly

Anything and everything about the San Fernando Valley. This blog will take you back in time when the valley was covered with dirt and orange groves to a leader in the space race to its current status as America's suburb. Come along and join me on this adventure, I guarantee you have been influenced/impacted by the San Fernando Valley in one form or another even if you have never visited or heard of the SFV.

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