La Mirada Street Names

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La Mirada Newbie

Whittier, CA

#1 Aug 9, 2008
I was doing some research on our house at the county recorders office and discovered that our house had a completely different street name and address back in the 70's. Our lot # matches the records, so this was not a mistake.

Also, I mapquested the original address & street name and found that the old address and street name do exist, but it's a few blocks away!

Does anyone know why La Mirada would change residential street names?

Since: Jul 08

La Mirada,Ca

#2 Aug 9, 2008
I've been around the Mirada forever and also spent 14 years in public safety for the city and off the top of my head I can't remember anything like this in the city.

Could be wrong, if you could give a little hint about what part of town your talking about maybe would shed some light.
La Mirada Newbie

Whittier, CA

#3 Aug 9, 2008
NorthOCNewshound wrote:
I've been around the Mirada forever and also spent 14 years in public safety for the city and off the top of my head I can't remember anything like this in the city.
Could be wrong, if you could give a little hint about what part of town your talking about maybe would shed some light.
I'm referring to the Gardenhill area btwn Biola and Valley View
hmmm interesting

Chino, CA

#4 Aug 9, 2008
my first thought was that it might be related to the school name. But I know a current school board member told me they went to Gardenhill.

so I know the school has been there since at least the 60's or so.

Maybe the school was called something different and then changed to Gardenhill later and as a result so was the street name?

Since: Jul 08

La Mirada,Ca

#5 Aug 12, 2008
Hi Newbie,

I looked over some old maps from the 60's today that are in the Polley Blue Book (Local Phone Book) and couldn't see any street name changes in the area of the Mirada north of Mansa. I can't say I didn't miss something but nothing really jumped out including little cul-de-sacs which are many. The only name change I am aware of is La Mirada Blvd used to be called Lutewiler?? and used to be named after one of the cities in the area. Sure do wish the was more historical information about the city online or somewhere displayed in the city.
hello

Pomona, CA

#6 Aug 12, 2008
NorthOCNewshound wrote:
Hi Newbie,
I looked over some old maps from the 60's today that are in the Polley Blue Book (Local Phone Book) and couldn't see any street name changes in the area of the Mirada north of Mansa. I can't say I didn't miss something but nothing really jumped out including little cul-de-sacs which are many. The only name change I am aware of is La Mirada Blvd used to be called Lutewiler?? and used to be named after one of the cities in the area. Sure do wish the was more historical information about the city online or somewhere displayed in the city.
Try this website for some historical photos:
http://www.ourlamirada.com/

Also, the library has a few La Mirada books (one by Bob Camp in particular) that gives some detailed history.

“Say what you mean & mean what ”

Since: May 08

Location hidden

#7 Aug 21, 2008
hello wrote:
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Try this website for some historical photos:
http://www.ourlamirada.com/
Also, the library has a few La Mirada books (one by Bob Camp in particular) that gives some detailed history.
Thanks so much for posting that link!
The pics are so cool!
bad jammer

Oxnard, CA

#8 Aug 30, 2008
ratlife
BudH

United States

#9 Mar 16, 2013
I need some help figuring out this ... whyd they name La Mirada Blvd. that name?

“Your bear to cross”

Since: Aug 09

Whittier, California

#10 Mar 17, 2013
Leutwiler was the name of some early settlers in the area. Swiss I think.

Again, not 100%, but I believe they bought a big parcel from the Stearns Co. Lots of cross street names came from families who settled after the Civil War and were growers or oilmen (Scott) or sheepmen (Bastanchury). Other streets were named after some of the original grants (Santa Gertrudes, Los Nietos).
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Glenn H

Sydney, Australia

#11 Sep 10, 2013
I went to Gardenhill the day it opened ~ 1958; I was in third grade. They were still building houses on Biola Ave from Tacuba to Imperial Hwy. There were olive groves across the street and behind Biola and it was not a through road to Imperial. fun days
BudH

United States

#12 Sep 11, 2013
Oso viejo wrote:
Leutwiler was the name of some early settlers in the area. Swiss I think.
Again, not 100%, but I believe they bought a big parcel from the Stearns Co. Lots of cross street names came from families who settled after the Civil War and were growers or oilmen (Scott) or sheepmen (Bastanchury). Other streets were named after some of the original grants (Santa Gertrudes, Los Nietos).
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Thank you,'old bear'! You seem to know a lot of local history. It's wonderful you're historically aware of LM. Do you have any suggestions as to what material or books I can find on our area? This stuff fascinates me. Thanks again!

“Your bear to cross”

Since: Aug 09

Whittier, California

#13 Sep 17, 2013
BudH wrote:
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Thank you,'old bear'! You seem to know a lot of local history. It's wonderful you're historically aware of LM. Do you have any suggestions as to what material or books I can find on our area? This stuff fascinates me. Thanks again!
Thanks Bud ... sorry I can't name any books or authors but a ton of this stuff is online at LA County Public Library and the USC archives. Some too has migrated over to the Wikipedia site, especially stuff about the old Ranchos and the families who developed them. There are also lots of pay to play sites with old maps which give you an amazing picture of how the area has changed over the last 100 years.

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