Diamond Bar (Images of America)

City of Diamond Bar

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: 1467131962

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


As with many Southern California communities, Diamond Bars recorded history began with a Spanish land grant. One of the areas first settlers was Jose de la Luz Linares, who founded Rancho Los Nogales (Ranch of the Walnut Trees) on the 4,340 acres granted to him by Mexican governor Juan Alvarado in 1840. The grant included Brea Canyon and the eastern Walnut Valley, a portion of which became the Diamond Bar Ranch, founded by Frederick E. Lewis II in 1918. In 1956, the area looked much as it did in 1840, its golden hills peppered with green stands of oak and walnut trees and grazed by large herds of cattle. In that year, the Transamerica Corporation paid $10 million for 8,000 acres of Brea Canyon, with plans to construct Southern Californias largest master-planned community and name it Diamond Bar. Incorporated on April 18, 1989, the city of Diamond Bar is home to nearly 55,000 residents and is located at the crossroads of the Orange (57) and Pomona (60) Freeways on the eastern edge of Los Angeles County.

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within the city’s boundaries, and Pathfinder Road was planned to connect to Grand Avenue but did not due to changes in the development. This 1959 image shows Diamond Bar Boulevard after grading, looking southeast from Golden Springs Drive. 61 The Los Angeles Regional Planning Commission and Los Angeles Board of Supervisors approved the zoning map for the Diamond Bar master-planned community in 1958 rather than waiting for approval when a development was proposed. Soon after, the Capital

the left of the new homes is part of the first section of Diamond Bar Boulevard. Also at left are a fountain and entry marker built by the Capital Company at the community’s northern entrance. The Pacific State Hospital (now Lanterman Developmental Center) is barely visible in the background at right. 68 This is an advertisement for the Westwood Ranchos development, where homes were first sold in 1960. Developments like these attracted people to Diamond Bar, and the resulting population boom

departure of Transamerica after it sold off its last housing tract, the Municipal Advisory Council set out to determine how much funding would be needed to finance the installation and maintenance of existing and future landscape improvements within medians and parkways. Because of this effort, the area’s first citywide Landscape Assessment District was formed and approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in August 1984. The medians along Grand Avenue and Diamond Bar Boulevard were

barns, and homes to begin ranch operations. Lewis had the ranch divided into separate areas to house a variety of livestock, with special attention given to a large outdoor pen and farrowing house for Duroc-Jersey hogs. Within a few years, the hog business was thriving, and the Diamond Bar Ranch had earned a reputation as the breeding site of high-quality champions. In late 1918, Lewis made his initial purchase of 10 Arabian horses. The impact of the Lewis horse-breeding operation was of such

43 Diamond Bar Ranch owner Capt. Frederick E. Lewis, as he later became known, was an avid sailor who would often embark on faraway exploration trips on his yacht, the Stranger (pictured above), bringing back exotic wild specimens that were subsequently donated to area zoos. In 1932, the San Diego Zoo chartered Lewis and the Stranger for an expedition to the Arctic; Lewis brought back Kodiak brown bear cubs, “reindeer” (they turned out to be caribou), and a baby walrus (pictured below with an

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