Brief History of Azusa, California
The Shoshonean Indian roamed a valley near Brea Canyon in California before white homesteaders settled in the area. They were locally known as the Asuksa-gna. Later, their name would be adopted for the city of Azusa, California. Initially, Azusa was a rancher community as Englishman Henry Dalton developed vineyards and various processing industries. He experienced great success and fortune until 1854, when gold was discovered in San Gabriel Canyon.
The resulting United States interest spelled an end for the Dalton Ranch. Not many cities may boast being the creation of one man, but surely Azusa's beginnings are mainly due to the efforts of Dalton. Azusa was made official in 1887. Homesteaders flocked to the town in the late 1800s, bringing about an era of steady growth and forethought in energy projects. From the turn of the century to World War II, dams and power plants were erected throughout the area. The work of Native Americans can still be found in the valleys surrounding the city.
Present Day Azusa
As of 2000, Azusa had a population of 44,712. 40% of the residents are married. Many homes have large families. Also in 2000, the median income was $40,918. 50% of houses are owned, not rented. Though the city was highly supportive of George W. Bush in the 2004 race, donating more money to his campaign than any other candidate, it is represented by Democrats in the Senate and House of Representatives.
Azusa Culture and Entertainment
Historical museums in Azusa detail the population of California and its rich Spanish and Native American ties. Azusa is 20 miles outside of Los Angeles. Theatre and attractions may be experienced there. Las Vegas is to the east.
Azusa Sports and Leisure
Azusa is in close proximity to both urban and rural areas. The canyons and valleys to the north are used for hiking, camping and other outdoor recreations. In the cities, virtually all the major sports leagues are represented. Los Angeles is west and home to NBA, NHL, and MLB teams with the Lakers, Clippers, Kings, and Dodgers. Anaheim is south where the Ducks of the NHL and the Angels of the MLB.
Education in Azusa
Azusa Pacific University was named one of the best colleges for 2008 by the US News & World Report. Besides a nationally recognized university, Azusa also has several Christian Grade Schools and High Schools. Azusa also has a private Buddhist institution called Dhammakaya Open University.