2009 The Year of Valley History
Kit Carson - Image in the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley - Gift of Gary Fredburg. Scanned image's background modified to increase clarity of Carson's image.
The famous American frontiersman Kit Carson was only 20 years old when he first visited the Mission San Fernando Rey de España. A brilliant untrained linguist and fearless explorer, Carson was of great value to John C. Fremont and others who planned to subjugate the American West.
Carson was an integral part of the expeditions that mapped what is now the western United States. In 1846, Carson found himself involved with the war to wrest California from the Republic of Mexico.
Historic Campo de Cahuenga’s renovation should be complete soon. Among its many treasures is well worn deck of playing cards that belonged to Kit Carson.
The San Fernando Valley, in the heart of the Creative Capital of the World, deserves a great Museum of history and culture.