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Today, pictures from valued commenter 🐾BillinGlendaleCA.


I’ve lived in the City of Glendale for the past 30 years, so I thought I’d give you a little “look see” of my Backyard. Glendale made the transition from a grazing area for the Verdugo families cattle to a small community in the 1880’s and became a city in 1906. It’s grown from a small community of about 300 residents in 1880 to a city of over 200,000 residents today. It’s located at a bend in the Los Angeles River where the Verdugo Wash enters the river. The city covers an area from the San Gabriel Mountains, includes the eastern Verdugo Hills and the flatlands to their south.

Downtown Glendale from Mt. Lowe

Taken on 2017-11-23

Mt. Lowe, San Gabriel Mountains, CA

This shot is from Mt. Lowe about 15 miles from Glendale. You can see the developments in the San Rafeal Hills in the foreground and the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains(Griffith Park) in the background(Mt. Hollywood is just to the right of center and Mt. Lee with the tower is at the far right. Behind Griffith Park you can portions of Hollywood and West Hollywood.

Downtown Glendale from Beacon Hill

Taken on 2018-03-15

Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA

Glendale with the San Gabriels as a backdrop. Mt. Lowe is visible in the center right. Beacon Hill would be to the far right(just out of the frame) in the previous picture.

The Doctor’s House

Taken on 1016-12-22

Brand Park, Glendale, CA

The Doctor’s House(so named because four of the residents over the years were doctors) was built in the late 1880’s in central Glendale(corner of Wilson Ave. and Belmont St.). It was moved in 1980 to Brand Park where it stands today.

El Miradero

Taken on 1016-12-22

Brand Park, Glendale, CA

The centerpiece of Brand Park is El Miradero, Leslie Brand’s home at the foot of the Verdugo Hills. Brand was a big booster of the city in the early 1900’s and one of the main streets in the city is named for him(Brand Blvd.). After his death in 1925, he left his home to the city and is used as a library today. He is buried in a pyramid in the the family cemetery that’s a short hike from the Brand Library.

Glendale Post Office

Taken on 2016-07-03

Glendale, CA

This is the main Glendale Post Office that was built during the 1930’s(their version of “Infrastructure Week”).

The Fancy Pants Mall

Taken on 2016-07-03

Americana at Brand, Glendale, CA

In 2005 they built the Americana at Brand, and upscale mall that’s next door to the more traditional(enclosed) Glendale Galleria that was built in the mid 1970’s. Yes, it has a trolley that runs though the mall and has a small lake with fountains. There is also a replica of the Eiffel Tower on one of the parking structures and snow machines provide snow during the holidays.

Alex Theater

Taken on 2016-08-25

Glendale, CA

One of the landmarks in Glendale is the 1925 Alex Theater on Brand Blvd. The neon lit tower is visible throughout much of the city. If you’ve visited my website(www.BillinGlendaleCA.com), an image of the Alex is used as a watermark on my photos.


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20 replies
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    Baud says:

    Cool. Thanks, Bill.

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    rikyrah says:

    The pictures were terrific, Bill😄

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    arrieve says:

    Great as always, Bill. You actually make me want to visit Glendale.

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    eclare says:

    Thanks for the pictures and your descriptions!

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    The Doctor’s House is pretty cool. Makes me want to sit on the front porch with an iced tea.

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    JPL says:


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    Quinerly says:


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    debbie says:

    I love the Doctor’s house! No such thing as too much gingerbread.

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    MomSense says:


    Let’s do a front porch meet up.

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    @arrieve: It’s a nice little city.
    @eclare: You’re welcome.

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    @MomSense: I’m not sure about tea on their porch, but you can picnic in the park.
    @debbie: There’s one more gingerbread house in Glendale that I’ll put up pics in a future post. It’s a block or so from where The Doctor’s House originally was. When they developed the parcel a few years ago, the city made them preserve the house, so the build the apartment building around the house.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    The Glendale Historical Society does various themed tours of the Doctor’s House. The most fun one was probably the Halloween one, where they talked a lot about Victorian medicine and death/burial rituals. They even had one of their members playing a corpse laid out in the living room.

    Glendale also has quite a few nice craftsman homes in the neighborhood where I used to live (Rossmoyne), though not as many as Pasadena. We saw one that had been turned into a horrifying adobe Frankenhome by one of the owners, but many of the craftsman elements were still visible. Sad!

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    Mr. Prosser says:

    Just curious, has the post office been used as stock footage as a police station in various TV shows and movies? Sure looks familiar.

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    debbie says:


    Not sure if you’re familiar with Dover Publications, but they put out an oversized paperback of photographs of Victorian houses titled “Victorian Houses: A Treasury of Lesser-Known Examples.” I can’t tell if all of the photos are from the 19th or early 20th century, but it’s a fun book to roam through.

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    Great photos as usual. Brings back memories of when I used to live there (Verdugo Road, on the border of Montrose).

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    J R in WV says:

    As always, great work.

    The photos are excellent… and Glenwood seems like a nice town.

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    stinger says:

    Beautiful photos of interesting sites (sights)!

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    @Mnemosyne: There’s a Victorian on Carroll Ave in Angelino Heights that’s had some pretty ghastly additions.

    @Mr. Prosser: Could be, they film here quite alot.

    @debbie: Thanks, I’ve got some of the Arcadia Press books about the local area.

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    @Sister Golden Bear: (waves @ former neighbor) I used to live at the western edge of Montrose near La Crescenta Ave.

    @J R in WV: Thanks, it’s the dale not the woods.

    @stinger: Thanks.

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