Indian Springs Shopping Center (Where Von's
& Savon Drugs is now located) is the actual site of the first
land sale held in Montrose, California
The tranquil community of Montrose is located in the beautiful
Crescenta Valley, which is nestled in the foothills between the
Verdugo Mountains, San Rafael Hills and the majestic San Gabriel
Mountains. Elevation of the Crescenta Valley ranges from 1100
feet to 2700 feet at the highest point above sea level. The Foothill
Freeway Interstate 210 and the Glendale State Freeway 2, enable
residents to reach points in the Southern California within minutes.
Portions of the Crescenta Valley lie within the jurisdiction of
the City of Glendale, the City of La Canada Flintridge and the
unincorporated area of Los Angeles County.
The area is rich in Spanish heritage. In reward for valiant services
to the King of Spain as a soldier in the California military,
Jose Maria Verdugo, who served many years in the Mission guard
at San Gabriel, was given the first private land grant of California.
The date of conveyance was October 20,1784, and became known as
the Rancho San Rafael. It encompassed 36,000 acres of grazing
land and spread from the Arroyo Seco, which now parallels the
Pasadena Freeway, westward to Mission San Fernando. It included
the sites of many future cities such as Glendale, Eagle Rock,
La Canada, Montrose, Verdugo City and many others.
Beginning with the 1870's and through the 1920's, activity by
developers provided the foundation for the communities of the
Large acreage acquired by Dr. Benjamin Briggs came into the possession
of his only daughter, Mrs. Irene Briggs Ward, after his death
and she sold to Walton of Holmes and Walton. The Lanterman Subdivision
and Beach Addition were also included in the territory which is
In 1914, the Glendale and Montrose Railway was constructed, bringing
rail service north from Glendale, as far as Pennsylvania Avenue.
The car barn was built in Montrose where the Anawalt Lumber Company
is now located.
3516 N. Verdugo Rd.Contact the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce by
E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Glendale, CA 91208