Introduction to Glendale, California
Incorporated in 1906, Glendale is the 15th largest city in California. The city is home to approximately 200,000 inhabitants. It is a suburb within the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, which has a population of about 17 million. It is located 10 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
Glendale's earliest known inhabitants were the Tongva Indians. The first European-American was a farmer and soldier named José María Verdugo, who was subsequently granted the land in 1798. Glendale's "Grand Central Airport", now owned by Disney, had the first paved runway on the west coast in 1923. It is where Jack Northrop started building airplanes and is the site where Howard Hughes built his H-1 Racer. During World War II it was a training field for P-38 pilots of the 319th Fighter Wing.
In 1992 Glendale was one of the Finalist Communities for the "All-America City Award" given by the National Civic League.
Precipitation is about 21 inches per year. Temperatures reach 90 degrees an average of 67 days of the year. August average daily high and low temperatures are 90.6 and 62 degrees Fahrenheit. January average daily highs and lows are 68 and 44 degrees Fahrenheit.
Notable companies headquartered in Glendale are DreamWorks SKG and Nestl' USA, Inc.
Arts and Leisure
Cultural, historical, and leisure attractions include:
- The Forest Lawn Memorial Park, the final resting place of many celebrities
- El Miradero, a grand estate
- Verdugo Adobe, the oldest building in the city
- Professional sports teams in the Los Angeles area
- Many other attractions in the surrounding metropolitan area