The city of Glendale, California has a long and rich history. It was part of the New Spain colony until 1821, when it achieved independence from the Spanish Empire. In 1860, Teodoro Verdugo built the Catalina Verdugo Adobe, which is the oldest building in Glendale. The property is also home to the Peace Oak, where California's first leaders met in 1847 and decided to surrender to Lieutenant Colonel John C.
Leslie Coombs Brand was an important civic driver of the time. He built an estate in 1904 called El Miradero, with a striking mansion that combined characteristics of Spanish, Moorish and Indian styles. It was inspired by the East India Pavilion of the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago. In 1926, the American Green Cross was formed as one of the first societies for the conservation and preservation of trees.
Grand Central Airport was also established at this time and it was the starting point of Charles Lindbergh's first commercial transcontinental flight from west to east. The average annual rainfall in Glendale is just over 21 inches (530 mm), and it falls mainly between November and April. According to the 2010 United States Census, the population of Glendale was 35,732 (18.6%) under 18 years of age, 16,609 (8.7%) aged 18 to 24, 54,518 (28.4%) aged 25 to 44, 54,942 (28.7%) aged 45 to 64 and 29,918 (15.6%) aged 65 or over. The average age was 41.0 years.
For every 100 females, there were 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.9 males. Glendale is home to many famous people such as singer Serj Tankian and bassist Shavo Odadjian from the Armenian-American rock band System of a Down. The Cathedral of St.
Gregory the Illuminator is also located in Glendale and it is the headquarters of the North American diocese of the Armenian Catholic Church. Grand Central Airport was a municipal airport developed starting in 1923 and it became Glendale's largest employer for many years. The main terminal building is still standing and includes art deco and Spanish-style architectural elements. During World War II, it was disguised to protect it from enemy attacks.
In 1994, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen formed DreamWorks SKG in Glendale's Grand Central Business Center on land that formerly occupied a helicopter landing base next to the old airfield (and next to KABC-TV). Therefore, many American animators who worked on feature films in the 1990s and 2000s have spent much of their careers in Glendale working for Disney or DreamWorks. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services operates a welfare office on San Fernando Road in Glendale. The Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department operates Crescenta Valley Park in North Glendale and the Los Angeles County Department of Labor, Aging, and Community Services operates an undisclosed Adult Protective Services office in Glendale.
The city is also home to its own police department (GPD) which is led by Police Chief Manny Cid. The department operates from a main station in downtown Glendale, a central substation in Glendale Galleria and the Montrose substation in Verdugo City. Glendale offers a wide range of recreational activities for its residents and visitors alike - from churches offering Bible study groups and youth groups to parks with hiking trails, picnic areas and sports fields for baseball or soccer games. There are also special events such as concerts or plays hosted by churches throughout the year that are sure to entertain everyone! No matter what type of recreational activity you are looking for in Glendale, you are sure to find something that suits your interests!.