Spotlight On Our City:
by B.K. Electric Services
History of Encino
o 1769: Gaspar de Portola records this
area as “El Vallee de Santa Catalina
de Bononia de Los Encinos” (The
Valley of St. Catherine of Bononia of
Photo courtesy of “Club De Los Poetas Muertos”
o In 1797, Mission San Fernando was
founded in the Encino Grant
o In 1833, the Mexican government
secularizes Misson San Fernando.
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o 1849: Vicente de la Ossa
purchases a third of Rancho Los
o 1850: de la Ossa begins
construction of his adobe
o 1857: Rancho El Encino is a
successful grazing area and rest
stop for travelers.
Vicente de la Ossa
Photo courtesy of HistoricParks.org
De la Ossa Adobe
Photo courtesy of California State Parks
o 1869: El Encino is sold to the
o Rancho El Encino becomes a
thriving sheep ranch, shipping
quality wool the world over.
o 1876: A drought in the area
sends the Garniers to France
o 1877: Overdue taxes cause the
rancho to be auctioned.
o 1887: Deed of the property is
transferred to Domingo Amestoy.
o 1910: His sons, Peter and John,
began subdividing the ranch.
o 1915: W.H. Hay buys the Rancho
for a price of over $1,000,000.
o 1920-1945: A population pressure
on the valley led to the
development of Encino.
Encino in 1920
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The economy of Encino is based
on health care, social services
and professional services.
Professional services area include
accounting, real estate, and
o Encino is home to Encino Commons, the
valley’s answer to Miracle Mile
o Encino Commons is a collection of eateries,
shops, and theaters.
Los Encinos State Historic Park
o The State Park is is a 5-acre nature park that
includes the de la Ossa Adobe, a
blacksmiths shop, and a natural spring.
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Commerce website at
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