California Fool’s Gold — Exploring El Monte, the End of the Santa Fe Trail (or at least some trails)

INTRODUCTION TO EL MONTE El Monte is a city in the middle of the San Gabriel Valley. As of the last census (in 2010), its population was 113,475. It contains the neighborhoods of Arden Village, the Auto District, Downtown, Five Points, theFlair Business District, Hayes, Maxson, Mountain View, the Northwest Industrial District, Norwood Village, and … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring El Monte, the End of the Santa Fe Trail (or at least some trails)

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California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Altadena, the Community of the Deodars

INTRODUCTION TO ALTADENA   When people hear the disyllabic sounds, “alta” and “dena,” I would wager that most of them think of the well-known City of Industry-based Alta Dena Dairy, which was started by the three, Missouri-born Stueve Brothers in Monrovia, California in 1945. Oddly, more than five minutes of internet research hadn’t helped me figure … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Altadena, the Community of the Deodars

California Fool’s Gold — An Antelope Valley Primer

WHERE THE DEER AND THE ANTELOPE PLAY -- THE ANTELOPE VALLEY The Antelope Valley is a large region located in the western edge of the Mojave Desert situated between the Tehachapi and the San Gabriel Mountains. It is neighbored by the regions of Kern County/The Central Valley to the north, Northwest Los Angeles County to … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — An Antelope Valley Primer

California Fool’s Gold — A Northwest Los Angeles County Primer

NORTHWEST PASSAGE -- NORTHWEST COUNTY Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of Northwest Los Angeles County Mountainous Northwest Los Angeles County is dominated by the Angeles National Forest and boasts numerous reservoirs, wilderness, and winding, scenic roads. In the northern portion there's a series of small towns located around a series of sag ponds. The southern, … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A Northwest Los Angeles County Primer

California Fool’s Gold — An Angeles Forest Primer

NECK OF THE WOODS -- ANGELES FOREST Angeles National Forest is a vast 650,000 acre wood that serves as a residence for few humans and mountain playground for a population already spoiled for choice with ocean, desert and urban options… all available to be enjoyed in a single day. The National Forest was established by … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — An Angeles Forest Primer

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Compton, Los Angeles County’s Hub City

The following blog entry contains strong language and is intended for mature audiences   This edition of Eric's Blog is all about the CPT.  Where? Compton. That's right. INTRO Compton is an infamous city that is practically synonymous around the world with the South Los Angeles region in which it's located. Due in large part … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Compton, Los Angeles County’s Hub City

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Long Beach, The International City

LONG BEACH Long Beach is the largest city in The Harbor region and the second largest in LA County. Its old nicknames, "Iowa by the Sea" and "Iowa under Palm Trees" came from the large numbers of white middlewesterners who moved there in the middle of the 20th century. Depending on opinions, it's also nicknamed "Wrong … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Long Beach, The International City