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Los Encinos State Historic Park

 

Los Encinos State Historic Park

Los Encinos State Historic Park
Garnier Building, 2008
Map showing the location of Los Encinos State Historic Park
Map showing the location of Los Encinos State Historic Park
Location Los Angeles County, California, USA
Nearest city Encino, California
Coordinates
Area 4.7 acres (1.9 ha)
Established 1949
Governing body California Department of Parks and Recreation
Reference no. 689[1]

Los Encinos State Historic Park is a state park unit of California, United States, preserving buildings of Rancho Los Encinos. The park is located near the corner of Balboa and Ventura Boulevards in Encino, California, in the San Fernando Valley. The rancho includes the original nine-room de la Ossa Adobe, the two-story limestone Garnier building, a blacksmith shop, a natural spring, and a pond. The 4.7-acre (1.9 ha) site was established as a California state park in 1949.[2]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Proposed for closure 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History

The natural spring provided a year-round source of water for the ancient village of Siutcanga, home to the Tongva people, for thousands of years. A description of this village was recorded as part of the 1769 Portola Expedition. This Spanish expedition reached the San Fernando Valley and named it “El Valle de Santa Catalina de Bononia de Los Encinos” (The Valley of St. Catherine of Bononia of the Oaks).

Located along a significant travel route between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, the property passed through many hands between the 1840s and the early 20th century. Today the park contains exhibits related to the agricultural enterprises of Rancho Los Encinos’ various owners, including Mission Indian, Mexican Californio, French, and French Basque families.

Proposed for closure

Los Encinos State Historic Park was one of 70 California state parks proposed for closure by July 2012 as part of a deficit reduction program.[3] It was previously one of many state parks threatened with closure in 2008. Those closures were ultimately avoided by cutting hours and maintenance system-wide.[4]

See also

References

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External links

  • Los Encinos State Historic Park
  • Los Encinos Docents Association
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