Introduction to Burbank, California
Named for dentist and industrialist David Burbank of New Hampshire, Burbank, California was founded in May of 1887. Located in the eastern portion of the San Fernando Valley, Burbank is approximately a 15 minute drive up the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5), northwest from the center of Los Angeles and about a 45 minute drive South on I-5 to Anaheim. The Bob Hope airport in Burbank is actually the closest airport to downtown Los Angeles.
In 1867 Dr. David Burbank bought over 9,000 acres of undeveloped land in California. Anticipating the pending boom in the economy because of the developing railroad industry. Burbank sold the rail rights to the land to the Southern Pacific Railroad for $1. Speculators later formed a company who bought the property and named the city, Burbank. In 1887 the land company began offering farm lots for sale.
Burbank has been called the "Media Capital of the World." ABC, NBC, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, and the Walt Disney Company all have major operations in Burbank. Downtown Burbank has been called "one of southern California's most appealing urban centers" by Sunset magazine.
Nearby colleges include Woodbury University, Intercoast Colleges, and CES College. Some of the majors offered include Architecture, Business Administration & Management, and Fashion/Apparel Design. Those not able to attend on campus programs can alternatively take online courses which may include Education courses, Psychology courses, as well as home health aid training.
Burbank Arts, Culture, Shopping and Entertainment
Some of the attractions in Burbank include:
- The Colony Theatre
- The Media City Center Shopping Mall
- The Falcon Theatre
- The Creative Arts Center
- About 15 miles to the south you can visit the major theme park attractions of nearby Anaheim including Disneyland
Burbank residents also have easy access to all of the attractions of Los Angeles county.
Southern California is rich in professional sports attractions. Burbank's location provides its residents with easy access to many professional sports teams, including:
- Major League Baseball (MLB) - The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
- Minor League Baseball (MiLB) - The Inland Emprie 66ers and the Lancaster JetHawks. The 66ers are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, and the JetHawks are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
- NBA - The Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers.
- WNBA - The Los Angeles Sparks.
- Arena Football League (AFL) - The Los Angeles Avengers.
- Major League Lacrosse (MLL) - The Los Angeles Riptide.
- Major League Soccer (MLS) - Club Deportivo Chivas USA and the Los Angeles Galaxy.
- The United Soccer League (USL) - The Los Angeles Storm, and Southern California Seahorses who play in the USL Premier Development League.
- National Hockey League (NHL) - The Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.