in

Rare Historical Photos of Burbank, California in the late-19th Century

Burbank was initially part of Rancho San Rafael and La Providencia, which were land grants from the Spanish government. As a result of a military skirmish in this area, the Spanish Governor of California was unseated, and the Mexican leader Pio Pico was appointed. A Los Angeles dentist, David Burbank, established a sheep ranch there in 1867; he also sold a right-of-way to the Southern Pacific Railway, enabling the railroad to reach the area in 1874, following which the city began to grow. The Providencia Land, Water, and Development Company laid out Burbank in 1887.

When Burbank was settled, the streets were aligned along what is now Olive Avenue, a road that leads to downtown Los Angeles and the Cahuenga Pass. The Native Americans traveled along these roads, and the early settlers took their produce down to Los Angeles for sale and to buy supplies along these routes. During that time, stagecoach and train were the primary long-distance transportation methods available in the San Fernando Valley. The Valley became a stagecoach route between Los Angeles and San Francisco in 1858. The Southern Pacific Railroad reached the Valley in 1876, completing the route between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

#2 Olive Avenue in Burbank 1889

Olive Avenue in Burbank 1889

The Burbank Villa Hotel was built in 1887 by Dr. Burbank and his son-in-law John W. Griffin at a cost of $30,000.00. It was later renamed the Santa Rosa Hotel and remodeled into apartments. By the late-1920s, it had been torn down and replaced with the post office located at 135 E. Olive Avenue.

#3 First brick building in Burbank 1888

First brick building in Burbank 1888

Group photo of several men sitting in front of the Burbank Block. The Burbank Block was the first brick building in town, located on San Fernando Road (now Golden Mall) and Olive Avenue in Burbank. The Brick Block was erected during 1887 by the Provedencia Land & Water Co. for the newly platted town of Burbank.

#4 Burbank planting Cactus 1890

Burbank planting Cactus 1890

Luther Burbank planting cactus in raised bed. He is kneeling on a board.

#6 Lancaster, Massachusetts–birthplace of Luther Burbank 1870

Lancaster, Massachusetts--birthplace of Luther Burbank 1870

Early photo of Burbank's birth place in Lancaster, Massachusetts. Close-up of house

#7 View of Lancaster, Massachusetts, Countryside 1870

View of Lancaster, Massachusetts, Countryside 1870

Sepia-toned photograph showing Burbank's birthplace in Lancaster, Mass., built in about 1850. Scene of fields and surrounding neighbors - Burbank Farm left of center.

#9 Luther Burbank’s home, Lancaster, Massachusetts 1880

Luther Burbank's home, Lancaster, Massachusetts 1880

Early photo of Burbank's birth place in Lancaster, Massachusetts. Close-up of house

#10 Andrew Frei fruit trees, 1890

Andrew Frei fruit trees, 1890

Plain black and white photo of Frei orchard. May show trees purchased from Luther Burbank.

#11 Burbank at Mount Vernon–Retouched 1888

Burbank at Mount Vernon--Retouched 1888

Luther Burbank at Mount Vernon - Retouched. Burbank is near the center of the photo, hatless, with long sideburns.

#13 SF and NP Depot, Santa Rosa 1880

SF and NP Depot, Santa Rosa 1880

Steam engine in forefront; station with second wood story. Horse and buggies waiting for passengers.

#14 Burbank Block Building 1888

Burbank Block Building 1888

The Burbank Block Building, the first brick building in the area, shortly after its construction at Olive Avenue and San Fernando Boulevard, with people, horses, and carriages at left. In 1910 many of its decorative pediments were removed, and the cupola was removed following earthquake damage, possibly in 1933. The building has housed a post office, restaurants, and office space.

#15 View of corner of Santa Rosa Avenue and Tupper Street 1895

View of corner of Santa Rosa Avenue and Tupper Street 1895

View of corner of Santa Rosa Avenue and Tupper Street taken from Santa Rosa Ave. looking toward old county courthouse and showing picket fences and old house in the distance.

#16 Santa Rosa Avenue from Sonoma County Courthouse roof 1886

Santa Rosa Avenue from Sonoma County Courthouse roof 1886

Santa Rosa Avenue looking South from Courthouse--1890. Burbank's home can be seen in far distance. Visible are: J. P. Clark Fashion Stables and Grand Hotel. Credit Junior College, Santa Rosa. Copy by Don Meacham, 915 Colorada Blvd. Santa Rosa. black and white

#18 Unidentified group of children on parade 1890

Unidentified group of children on parade 1890

Might be related to a Burbank event--word "Wizard" appears on fence post. Children ready to parade with baby buggies--horse drawn wagon on left of group. "First Rose Parade on McDonald Avenue" organized by Judge Ware as a young boy. Stollers are decorated with flowers.

#19 Burbank Villa Hotel, 1887

Burbank Villa Hotel, 1887

Street scene including the Burbank Villa Hotel, Burbank, Calif. The Burbank Villa Hotel (with turret, gables, and verandas with arches) was built by Dr. Burbank and his son-in-law John W. Griffin in 1887 at a cost of $30,000.00. Later the hotel was renamed the Santa Rosa Hotel and was a popular place for weddings and parties. During the 1920s the hotel was remodeled into apartments and by 1927 it had been torn down and replaced by the post office. Today, this post office is known as the Burbank Downtown Station and is located at 135 E.

#21 View of Olive Avenue looking southeast, showing Burbank in the distance, ca.1887

View of Olive Avenue looking southeast, showing Burbank in the distance, ca.1887

An unpaved road fills most of the frame, showing a horse-drawn trolley-car track at its center that was discontinued after roughly one year. In the distance, a horse-drawn carriage navigates the road, flanked to either side by diffuse farm homesteads. A windmill tower and the spires of a church can be seen to the left of the street. Mountains are visible along the horizon.

#22 Glendale ostrich park 1885

Glendale ostrich park 1885

Panoramic view of Ostrich Farm Park in Glendale, located near Burbank on the old railroad from Burbank Junction, later Sanborn Junction and Sunset Blvd.

#24 Flock of sheep watering 1878

Flock of sheep watering 1878

View of a flock of sheep around a reservoir in Garvanza, near where Luther Burbank Middle School is now located.

#25 Broadway looking south from Second Street, Los Angeles, ca.1895-1905

Broadway looking south from Second Street, Los Angeles, ca.1895-1905

Photograph of Broadway looking south from Second Street, Los Angeles, ca.1895-1905. Three- and four-story buildings line both sides of the road, which runs from the foreground to the background at center. City Hall is visible, as are horse-drawn carriages and numerous pedestrians on the sidewalk. Street car rails are in the middle of the road. Utility wires are visible overhead.

#26 Machado Ranch and Stage Station at Lake Elsinor, California, ca.1898-1900

Machado Ranch and Stage Station at Lake Elsinor, California, ca.1898-1900

Exterior of the Machado Ranch and Stage Station at Lake Elsinor (later, 1938, known as the P.H. Ripply Place), ca.1898-1900. Looking toward the lake from the south side. Children playing in front on ground among large trees.

#27 The Church of the Angels, 1100 North Avenue 64, Highland Park (or Garvanza?), Los Angeles, ca.1895-1899

The Church of the Angels, 1100 North Avenue 64, Highland Park (or Garvanza?), Los Angeles, ca.1895-1899

Photograph (streetscape, horizontal photography) of the Church of the Angels, 1100 North Avenue 64, Highland Park. The Victorian-style church is about four-stories tall. It features a clock tower, inclined roofs, and stone masonry walls. A built to surround the property also is made of stone masonry. Trees surround the property. Hills are visible in the background.

Written by Aung Budhh

Husband + Father + librarian + Poet + Traveler + Proud Buddhist. I love you with the breath, the smiles and the tears of all my life.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.