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Wednesday, October 23, 2013


CHERISHING OUR VALLEY               2013

Long before the Spanish colonization of the San Fernando Valley, the native Tongva peoples who lived in the area, lived, hunted and fished in Toluca Lake. Fed by natural springs, Toluca Lake was important to human and animal life in San Fernando Valley. Today the lake is not accessible to the public and can be viewed by guests of the adjacent golf club. 
During the early days of the Spanish conquest, and fed by flash floods, Toluca Lake spread as far as present day Van Nuys.

Vintage postcard of Toluca Lake, c 1950.  Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2013.  (click on image to enlarge it.)

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