Creating advocates for history through the stories of greater Los Angeles.
by Paul R. Spitzzeri
With about six weeks until the City of Industry marks its 60th anniversary, the Time Capsule Tuesday series takes another portion of the aerial photograph highlighted a few weeks ago, with focus today on a portion of what is now known as Industry Hills (formerly Puente Hill).
This view from probably the 1940s takes in the eastern section of the former landfill, now a city-owned complex including the Pacific Palms Hotel and golf course complex and the Industry Hills Expo Center.
At the right from top to bottom is what was then called Pass and Covina Road, now Azusa Avenue. A line extending from that street and moving west at an angle marks the border between Industry Hills and a section of La Puente with a couple of shopping centers fronting Azusa and then housing to the west. This area includes the section at the lower left that is lighter in color and with what looks like vertical hash marks on it.
East of the road there appear to be adjacent orange or other groves with neat rows of dark green dots denoting the trees as well as lighter and darker colored areas that seem to be undeveloped. This is now an area of housing tracts in unincorporated county areas that have a La Puente zip code.
On the west (left) side of Pass and Covina are a few roads heading towards the hills and the first one above the property line mentioned earlier, looks to lead into a home site with a dark green patch adjacent to the Pass and Covina. This looks to be about where Industry Hills Parkway is today as it climbs the hill to the hotel and golf course complex.
Three other driveways lead to other developed areas with structures and the uppermost does a loop about where there is a large crease in the original photo. This is on part of the Babe Zaharias course that is at the north and eastern section of the resort complex. Towards the far left, there is a well-defined little canyon that runs into the hills and this looks to be where part of the Dwight D. Eisenhower course is today.
To get a general comparison of what the area looks like today, here is a link to a Google Maps satellite view, which can be adjusted to get fairly close to what the photo detail shows.
Check back next week for another installment of Time Capsule Tuesday!