Spotlight On Our Community
By B.K. Electric Services
1798: Rancho San Rafael is granted by the
1821:The same government grants
Rancho La Providencia.
1850: Dr. David Burbank arrives to
California from New Hampshire
1867: Burbank buys 9000 acres off the
Ranchos for $1/acre.
1884: Los Angeles County suffers a land
1886: David Burbank forms the
Providenicia Land,Water, and
Development company to subdivide his
Burbank was a sheep rancher for 2
At right: Plan on how to split
1887:TheTown of Burbank is officialy founded on May
The town had its own irrigation system, street railway,
and depot for the Southern Pacific Railroad.
1909: Los Angeles begins construction of
the great Los Angeles Aqueduct.
1913:The LA Aqueduct is completed,
bringing water from the OwenValley in
the Sierra Nevada to homes and
businesses in the San FernandoValley.
Work continues on the Los
Work is completed and water
1911: On July 8th, the community of
Burbank is officially incorporated by the
Los Angeles County as the City of
1920s: First National Studios plants itself
on Olive Avenue.
1929: Warner Brothers Studios purchases
First National and moves its Hollywood
production to Burbank.
1930s: Columbia Pictures sets up shop
and a backlot.
1939: Walt Disney Productions moves
onto BuenaVista Street.
1930: United Airport opens
1940: Lockheed Aircraft Company
purchases Burbank’s Union Air Terminal.
1942-1945:Lockheed proves a capable
and crucial supplier of warplanes to the
Allied war effort.
1978:Airport Authority purchases
Lockheed Airport and renames it the
2003: the airport is renamed again to the
Bob Hope Airport after the late, great