Introduction to Baldwin Park, California
Located 17 miles east of Los Angeles in the central San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County is the California city of Baldwin Park. The city's beginnings can be traced back to the mid-1800's when the land now comprising the city was part of cattle grazing land belonging to the San Gabriel Mission. By 1880 the community became known as Vineland and by 1906 the name had changed to Baldwin Park. It was named after Elias J. "Lucky" Baldwin, a wealthy landowner during the late 1800's/early 1900's. The city was incorporated in 1956, becoming the 47th incorporated city in the State of California.
Cities close to Baldwin Park include Irwindale, West Puente Valley, Vincent, Mayflower Village, La Puente, Avocado Heights, and El Monte. Freeways serving the city are Interstate-10 and Interstate-605. Nearby colleges and universities include Azusa Pacific University, Whittier College, Mt San Antonio College, Pasadena City College, and East Los Angeles College.
The Baldwin Park Historical Society Museum holds more than 1,000 representative artifacts for the period from 1850 to 1950, including area maps, agricultural artifacts, radios, clothing, and phonographs. Summertime in Baldwin Park brings free outdoor musical entertainment during the annual Summer Concert in the Park Series, held at Morgan Park.
Baldwin Park's close proximity to Los Angeles and also to Anaheim (located 28 miles to the south) allows visitors quick access to several major Southern California attractions. Some of these are:
- Hollywood Bowl
- Los Angeles Zoo
- Aquarium of the Pacific
- Paramount Film and TV Studio
- Universal Studios
- Catalina Island
- Knott's Berry Farm
- Warner Bros. Studios
- Arboretum of Los Angeles County
- California Science Center
- Grauman's Chinese Theater
Lovers of professional sports can see the following teams in the Los Angeles area: Hockey (NHL's Los Angeles Kings); Baseball (Los Angeles Dodgers); Basketball (The NBA has two local teams: The LA Lakers and the LA Clippers); Soccer (Los Angeles Galaxy); and Lacrosse (LA Riptide).
A drive in the opposite direction finds the following Anaheim-based teams: Hockey (NHL's Anaheim Mighty Ducks); Baseball (the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim).