Tucked in the Northwest corner of the
San Fernando Valley and lying at the foot of the unique and picturesque rocky formations of the Santa Susana Mountains, Chatsworth has been home to Indians, Spaniards, Mexicans and settlers during the course of its history.
Early Indian tribes in the area included the Gabrielino, Chumash and Alliklik tribes. The dominant of the tribes was the Gabrielino, who inhabited a village near what is now the railroad tunnel just North of Chatsworth St. There have been many relics and cave drawings recovered that give testament to these Indian tribes.
Commissioned by the Viceroy of Spain, the Spaniards first came to the San Fernando Valley on August 5, 1769. In 1797 Padre Fermin de Lasuen brought three families from another mission and started the Mission San Fernando. After the mission was constructed, the Valley became known as the San Fernando Valley. A trail that led from the San Fernando Mission to the Santa Barbara Mission ran through Chatsworth and is believed to be modern day San Fernando Blvd.
With their successful revolt over the Spanish, the Mexicans took control of California and the San Fernando Valley in 1822. The Mexican flag flew at the Mission San Fernando from 1822 to 1848. In 1847 American solders came to the San Fernando Valley and signed a treaty with the "Californians", a group of people who wanted California to be a separate republic. In 1848, after warring with the Americans, the Mexicans signed a treaty that gave California to the United States. On September 9, 1850 California became the 31st state to join the union.
George R. Crow filed a subdivision map called Chatsworth Park on March 10, 1888. This is believed to be the real birthday of modern day Chatsworth. Chatsworth is the name of Duke of Devonshire's estate in England.
In 1890 Chatsworth's first post master was appointed and in 1893 the rail road came to town.
In 1913 the Owens River Water was brought to the San Fernando Valley, water rights were owned by the City of Los Angeles. The City of LA offered to sell water to Chatsworth if they agreed to become part of the larger city. In 1914 people voted to become part of the City of Los Angeles.
Chatsworth experienced significant growth in the post World War II era, as population of the whole San Fernando Valley grew. But Chatsworth experienced its largest period of growth in the s1960's. This time period saw the approval of a 787 acre industrial tract that elevated Chatsworth from just a bedroom community of Los Angeles.
Currently Chatsworth is a vibrant community of 37,000 residents. Highlighted by a large industrial base and numerous residential pockets, Chatsworth residents enjoy a mild climate, beautiful natural scenery and close proximity to cultural opportunities of Los Angeles.
A special thanks to Virginia Watson and her publication Chatsworth History and the Chatsworth Historical Society for their sponsorship of the publication.
It can be found in the new Chatsworth library and is a great read.
You can also access more historical information at the Chatsworth Historical Society website.
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