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A perspective photo of windows in the façade of an old (I think bank) building in the picturesque Uptown Whittier, on Greenleaf Avenue. The town of Whittier, CA is dramatically under-represented on TE! It's only about 12 miles east of Los Angeles, with a population of about 80,000. It's a fairly historic town, established in 1898, named for poet John Greenleaf Whittier, a prominent Quaker poet who wrote a dedication poem, although he never visited the town. It is perhaps best known for the illustrious private Whittier College. The west side of town is also home to Rose Hills Memorial Park, now the largest single-location cemetery in the world, first opened in 1942. It now comprises some 1,400 acres and is home to around 280,000 graves. The town of Whittier was founded on the prior site of a 300,000-acre land grant to Spanish soldier Manuel Nieto, in 1784. The land later passed to Pio Pico, the last Mexican governor of California who built a hacienda on the San Gabriel River. In the late 19th century the area was home to many walnut groves, and the area became the primary walnut-growing town in the US. It was also the site of a significant earthquake which occurred on October 1, 1987, which struck at 7:42 (I was in grade school at the time and lived about 5 miles from there). The quake measured 5.9 and resulted to significant damage to the historic buildings in Uptown Whittier, where the café is located. Three days later a major aftershock measuring 5.2 occurred, resulting in more damage: structures already damaged were in many cases rendered uninhabitable, which led to the deterioration of the uptown business district. The Whittier Conservancy, formed in 1987 to prevent demolition of historic buildings did have some benefit in restoration, however. Today, the Uptown area has been revitalized, and is once again alive with active businesses and a farmer's market.

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  • Copyright: Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 78 N: 614] (1382)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2016-12-00
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2017-09-13 20:41
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