Introduction to San Gabriel, California
San Gabriel, California, in Los Angeles county, is 1 miles E of Alhambra, California (center to center) and 8 miles E of Los Angeles, California. Asians and Hispanics comprise a large portion of the population. The city is named after the Mission San Gabriel Arcangel, one of the initial Spanish Missions constructed in California. It's one of the first townships established in Los Angeles county.
San Gabriel History
The area was originally inhabited by the Tongva people. In 1771 Mission San Gabriel Arcangel was established. The mission had a primary role in the Spanish colonial society. A vast number of the initial Mexican settlers were baptized at the mission. The city was incorporated in 1913. The San Gabriel Valley was a prominent agricultural region, however, most of the valley has been developed and is regarded as a suburban area.
San Gabriel Attractions
- Mission San Gabriel Arcangel is a California State Historical Landmark.
- Ramona Museum.
- San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.
- The Church of Our Saviour Episcopal Parish.
- Hayes House is a small Victorian home.
- San Gabriel Mission District.
- The Grapevine Arbor features attractive Spanish architecture.
- San Gabriel Historical Museum.
- Valley Boulevard is known for its variety of ethnic shops and restaurants.
- The San Gabriel Square Mall includes a large number of Chinese shops.
- Salcido Store is part of the Historical Walk.
- Plaza Park.
San Gabriel Activities
The nearby San Gabriel Mountains provide great opportunities for hiking, swimming, boating, mountain biking and other outdoor activities. Golf enthusiasts enjoy playing at the region's numerous quality courses.
San Gabriel Higher Education
Residents have opportunities for higher education at the region's Azusa Pacific University, California State University Los Angeles, Alliant International University, California Institute of Technology and other colleges.