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Glendora, California
City
City of Glendora
Quaint Glendora Village with its famous Ficus trees
Quaint Glendora Village with its famous Ficus trees
Official seal of Glendora, California
Seal
Motto: Pride of the Foothills
Location of Glendora in Los Angeles County, California
Location of Glendora in Los Angeles County, California
Country  United States
State  California
County Flag of Los Angeles County, California.svg Los Angeles
Incorporated November 13, 1911
Named for Leadora Bennett Whitcomb
Area
 • Total 19.558 sq mi (50.655 km2)
 • Land 19.393 sq mi (50.228 km2)
 • Water 0.165 sq mi (0.427 km2)  0.84%
Elevation 774 ft (236 m)
Population (April 1, 2010)
 • Total 50,073
 • Estimate (2013) 51,074
 • Density 2,560.23/sq mi (988.511/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 91740, 91741
Area codes 626, 909
FIPS code 06-30014
GNIS feature ID 1652713
Website www.ci.glendora.ca.us

Glendora is a city in the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles County, California, 23 miles (37 km) east of downtown Los Angeles. As of the 2010 census, the population of Glendora was 50,073.

Known as the "Pride of the Foothills", Glendora is an affluent city with a diverse housing stock and a consistently high-ranking school district. Its quaint downtown area, better known as Glendora Village, is consistently voted as one of the best downtowns in the San Gabriel Valley. There are dozens of restaurants, cafes, shops and boutiques along the main street, Glendora Boulevard, and the Village is a source of pride to the friendly locals. Glendora celebrated its centennial as an incorporated city in 2011.

Neighborhoods and residences in Glendora reflect the city's history and range from Queen Annes, to Folk Victorians, early 20th-century bungalows, to ranch style homes, to mid-rise Multi-family residential complexes, to modern mansions. Glendora's most expensive neighborhoods contain many very large, secluded, estate homes with sweeping views across the San Gabriel Valley to Downtown Los Angeles. These neighborhoods include: Morgan Ranch, Gordon Highlands, Bluebird Hill, Silent Ranch, Oak Tree Rancho, Hidden Springs, Oakhart Estates, and Easley Canyon Estates. Glendora is also home to the exclusive Glendora Country Club, which includes a Robert Trent Jones Sr. 18-hole golf course that has been played by many professional golfers.

Glendora lies within the San Gabriel Valley, and it is bordered by Azusa to the west, San Dimas to the east and south, Covina to the south, and the San Gabriel Mountains range to the north. The area code is area code 626 with at small portion of southeast Glendora sharing area code 909 with the eastern Los Angeles County cities, such as Claremont, and western San Bernardino County.

History

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Glendora, 1920.

Ygnacio Palomares received the 22,000-acre (89 km2) land grant Rancho San Jose from Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado in 1837. The land included the present day cities of Pomona, Claremont, La Verne, San Dimas, and Glendora.

Located at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, modern Glendora was founded on April 1, 1887 by George D. Whitcomb who moved to California from Illinois in the early 1880s. Whitcomb was the founder of the Whitcomb Locomotive Works in Chicago and Rochelle, Illinois. He devised the name Glendora by combining the name of his wife, Leadora Bennett Whitcomb, with the location of his home in a glen of the San Gabriel Mountains. Prior to its 1911 incorporation, Glendora's administrator officially occupied the office of President of Glendora.

Early Alosta-Glendora Map
Early Alosta-Glendora Map 1888. View looking north from present-day South Hills Park Wilderness Area
Glendora in 2017
Present day view from the South Hills

The downtown area as it appears now is the product of years of renovation and maintenance by the city. There once stood a movie theatre, various banks, and playhouses downtown but all were converted into more modern commercial buildings. The original layout can be read about on the Downtown Glendora Historical Walk, by reading placards placed along Glendora Avenue (previously called Michigan Avenue). The original townsite was bounded by Sierra Madre Avenue on the north, Minnesota Avenue on the east, Ada Avenue, & the railroad on the south, & Pennsylvania Avenue on the west.

Glendora used to be home to many military academies, which have since been converted into either churches or private school facilities. These academies included Brown Military Academy, now St. Lucy's Priory High School and Church of the Open Door on Sierra Madre, and Harding Military Academy, whose property is now home to North Glendora Private, a prestigious private community adjacent to Easley Canyon atop Glendora Avenue.

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Downtown Glendora in 2009 with Morris Fire smoke plume

From 1960 to 1978, Glendora was home to Clokey Productions which produced 85 episodes of Gumby and 65 episodes of Davey and Goliath in town. In celebration of this history, Glendora hosted the first Gumby Fest in 2014 which brought thousands of people from around the country and Canada. In 2015 the 2nd GumbyFest was held at Citrus College over an entire weekend.

Several wildfires have affected the city in recent years, the most notable being the Colby Fire, which displaced hundreds of Glendora residents. A relief concert titled "Glendora Band Aid" was held shortly after the fire to help raise funds to assist the homeowners who lost their homes in the fire.

Glendora has an active Chamber of Commerce, established in 1903. The mission of the Glendora Chamber is to provide tools and resources to assist the business community in prospering and adapting to the economic climate, while growing membership and promoting local purchasing.

Geography

Glendora from the South Hills
Glendora with the San Gabriel Mountains in the background as seen from the South Hills

Glendora is located at Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:mw' not found. (34.130957, -117.854127). The city lies in the eastern end of the San Gabriel Valley between the San Gabriel Mountains range to the north and the South Hills to the south.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.6 square miles (51 km2), of which 19.4 square miles (50 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), or 0.84%, is water.

Climate

Climate data for Glendora, California (1981–2010 normals)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 68
(20)
69
(20.6)
71
(21.7)
76
(24.4)
79
(26.1)
84
(28.9)
90
(32.2)
92
(33.3)
89
(31.7)
80
(26.7)
74
(23.3)
68
(20)
78.3
(25.74)
Average low °F (°C) 43
(6.1)
45
(7.2)
47
(8.3)
49
(9.4)
54
(12.2)
58
(14.4)
62
(16.7)
62
(16.7)
60
(15.6)
55
(12.8)
47
(8.3)
42
(5.6)
52
(11.11)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.78
(96)
4.76
(120.9)
2.66
(67.6)
1.20
(30.5)
.33
(8.4)
.09
(2.3)
.01
(0.3)
.03
(0.8)
.18
(4.6)
1.05
(26.7)
1.62
(41.1)
2.45
(62.2)
18.16
(461.3)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 2,761
1940 2,822 2.2%
1950 3,988 41.3%
1960 20,752 420.4%
1970 31,380 51.2%
1980 38,500 22.7%
1990 47,828 24.2%
2000 49,415 3.3%
2010 50,073 1.3%
Est. 2015 52,009 3.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 50,073 people, 16,819 households, and 12,866 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,581.5 inhabitants per square mile (996.8/km²). There were 17,145 housing units at an average density of 895.7 per square mile (345.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.1% White (57.0% Non-Hispanic White), 1.9% Black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 8.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 5.2% from other races, and 4.8% from two or more races. 30.7% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 16,819 households out of which 38.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.1% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.5% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the city, the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

According to the 2010 United States Census, Glendora had a median household income of $74,615, with 7.8% of the population living below the federal poverty line. More recently, the L.A. Times estimated the median household income at $81,336 based on updated figures from the U.S. Census and SCAG.

Culture and Recreation

Cultural Facilities

  • Haugh Performing Arts Center
  • Glendora Historical Society Museum
  • Rubel Castle, constructed by Michael Rubel.
  • Glendora Public Library

Festivals

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Looking north from Civic Center along Glendora Avenue
  • Summer Concerts in the Park
  • Glendora Annual Chalk Fest
  • Earth Festival
  • Heritage Festival
  • Halloween Carnival
  • Glendora Christmas Parade
  • Gumby Annual Fest

Parks and Trails

South Hills Wilderness Trail
South Hills Wilderness Trail with Mt Baldy and Cucamonga Peak in the distance

Glendora is an active community and it has an extensive system of parks, trails, and recreational programs for the community.

  • Big Dalton Canyon Wilderness Park and campground
  • Centennial Heritage Park - The site was constructed to depict a late 19th-century to early 20th-century citrus ranch and features the Hamilton House, the Orton Englehart workshop, a working print shop, and numerous antique farm implements.
  • Finkbiner Park
  • Big Tree Park - Small park with a majestic 140 years old Moreton Bay Fig tree.
Big Tree Park in Glendora
Big Tree Park
  • Louie Pompei Memorial Sports Park
  • South Hills Park and wilderness trail
  • Colby Trail
  • Lower Monroe Truck Trail - Hiking and mountain biking trail.
  • Punk Out Trail
  • Mystic Canyon Trail
  • Glen Oaks Golf and Learning Center - Offers a driving range, instructional services, practice area, and the 9-hole Par 3 course itself.
  • Camp Cahuilla Summer Camp ("Dirt Camp") - One of the most popular of the Parks and Recreation programs offering activities to more than 500 children every summer.

The Glendora Mountain Road is also a popular road for cyclists and sightseers offering spectacular views through the San Gabriel Mountains.

Transportation

Public Transit

Glendora is served by Foothill Transit which provides connections through the city and express service to downtown Los Angeles. The Metro Gold Line termini station at APU/Citrus College in the adjacent city of Azusa also provides a transit link to the rest of the Metro system of trains and buses. A future extension of the Gold Line, from its current termini in Azusa to the City of Montclair in San Bernardino County, will include a station in Glendora to be located in the southeast corner of the intersection of Ada Ave and Vermont St. The station is not expected to be in service until 2026.

Glendora also runs its own weekday transportation shuttle service, the Glendora Mini Bus, with shuttles to the Metrolink Commuter Rail Station in nearby Covina, the APU/Citrus College Metro station, and an inter-school service connecting some of the city's schools. The Mini Bus also provides curb-to-curb transportation services for senior citizens and permanently disabled persons of Glendora. The bus operates: Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m–5:00 p.m. Saturday–Sunday, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. The cost is 50¢ each way. Most of the Mini Buses have been recently acquired by the city, and are new and very modern (as well as fuel-efficient).

Freeways and Highways

210 Freeway through Glendora
210 Freeway through Glendora

Glendora lies at the intersection of two major freeways, the 210 and the 57. These two freeways conveniently connect the city with the rest of the Southern California region. Historic U.S. Route 66 also traverses the city from east to west and it is an important corridor for businesses. Other major roads and highways include Foothill Blvd, Grand Ave, Arrow Hwy, and Lone Hill Ave.

Airports

There are no airports within the city limits. However, Glendora is within an hour drive from all major area airports including, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR), Ontario International Airport (ONT), Long Beach Airport (LGB), and John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County.

Sister cities

  • JapanMoka, Japan
  • MexicoMérida, Yucatán, Mexico

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