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Van Nuys Is Born!

February 23, 2011 |  2:33 am




 
 


  Oct. 14, 1984, Virginia and Van Nuys  

  Feb. 23, 1934, Van Nuys  


  Sylvan and Van Nuys  

Sylvan Street and Van Nuys Boulevard via Google maps’ street view.

  Feb. 23, 1911, Van Nuys  

Feb. 23, 1911: The Times says, “There are few more beautiful sites for a city anywhere than that which lies in the San Fernando Valley, at the gateway of Los Angeles. Fifteen miles from the city's center as the crow flies, its setting is the largest tract of undeveloped land near a great city in the world; its background the green-carpeted and rolling hills of scenic beauty unexcelled in all the Southland.”

Notice the names mentioned in a Feb. 23, 1934, story marking the 23rd anniversary of Van Nuys: William Mulholland, W.P. Whitsett, and, yes, The Times’ Harry Chandler.

Referring to staff poet John Steven McGroarty, The Times; 1934 story said: "He was there at the first birthday party and he hoped he would be there for the party fifty years from now. But if he were elsewhere, if he and some of the others were not there fifty years from now, they would gather together at the ramparts of heaven and look down upon the little homes in the San Fernando Valley and be happy at the sight he was sure to behold."

Here’s a curiosity: The 1911 story refers to the junction of Virginia Street and Sherman Way. If Virginia Street became Sylvan, as sources indicate, these streets would be parallel. Perhaps The Times reporter meant Van Nuys Boulevard, as indicated in a 1984 caption.



 
  Feb. 23, 1911, Van Nuys  


  Feb. 23, 1911, Van Nuys  

  Feb. 23, 1911, Van Nuys  

  Feb. 23, 1911, Van Nuys  

  Feb. 23, 1911, Van Nuys  

  Feb. 23, 1934, Van Nuys  

  Feb. 23, 1934, Van Nuys  

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