From his arrival in Southern California in the mid-1930s until the end of his life, Orvon Grover “Gene” Autry set down stakes in the Toluca Lake/Studio City area.
In the 1920s and 1930s, a number of daring women seized new opportunities in the fields of film and flying that thrived in Burbank and the surrounding areas, becoming the pilots of their own lives.
From their very beginnings, Toluca Lake and Studio City have served as fine-dining and nightclub hubs thanks to their well-heeled residents, upscale neighborhoods and nearby motion picture studios.
Transportation has shaped the evolution and growth of the San Fernando Valley from its very beginnings, bringing ambitious, curious and adventurous pilgrims seeking opportunity.
In 1928, Warner Bros. purchased the First National Pictures studio on Barham Boulevard in Burbank to dramatically increase film production — in effect telling the world, “You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!”
While the streets of Toluca Lake aren’t numerous, their names reflect the diverse history and geography of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.