Fields & Orchards


The area, known as Hollywood, was known as the Cahuenga Valley and consisted of small farms and ranches.  The prime farmland in the Cahuenga Valley sas slightly to the south of the hills, hear what is now Santa Monica Blvd., known then as Foothill Road.  The land north of Sunset Boulevard was considered useless for anything but sheep grazing.  The land, however, lay in a frostless belt that made it possible the raising of sub-tropical fruits and winter vegetables.  The belt runs along the foothills, varying in width from a half a mile to a mile and a half, and is almost entirely free from frost even during the coldest winters. The area also has an almost daily fresh, gentle ocean breeze that tempers the heat of summer and the cold of winter.


Farmers raised bananas and tropical fruits and, with the help of Chinese labor, grew peas, beans, tomatoes and peppers.


One of the valley’s first farmers was Jacob Miller who, in 1877, purchased one half of a sheep ranch near the foothills east of Laurel Canyon. The land proved to be extremely fertile and abundantly rewarded the efforts of the new owner.


Another pioneer farmer was Dennis Sullivan and his wife Margaret, who homesteaded a quarter section of land between Melrose Avenue and Sunset Blvd., just west of Vermont Avenue.


In 1895, the valley’s lemon growers formed the Cahuenga Valley Lemon Growers’ Exchange to operate a packing house where the lemons could be graded for uniform size and quality and to begin shipments to eastern markets.


Other photos of farmland and ranches can be found in the Aerial and panorama categories

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JP Rapp's pineapple plantation at Gower and Franklin Aves.
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Orange Grove in Hollywood
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Orange grove located on Kratona Hill (near Argyle and Gower Sts.)
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Field in Hollywood
Fields & OrchardsJP Rapp's pineapple plantation at Gower and Franklin Aves.
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1880
Fields & OrchardsOrange Grove in Hollywood
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1885
Fields & OrchardsOrange grove located on Kratona Hill (near Argyle and Gower Sts.)
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1893
Fields & OrchardsField in Hollywood
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1903
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SWEET PEA FIELD IN HOLLYWOOD. NICHOLS CANYON AT FAR LEFT
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Sweet Pea Field
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Strawberry Field at Hollywood Blvd. & Orchid Avd.
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Casaba field at Sunset Blvd. & Harper St.
Fields & OrchardsSWEET PEA FIELD IN HOLLYWOOD. NICHOLS CANYON AT FAR LEFT
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1903
Fields & OrchardsSweet Pea Field
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1903
Fields & OrchardsStrawberry Field at Hollywood Blvd. & Orchid Avd.
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1905
Fields & OrchardsCasaba field at Sunset Blvd. & Harper St.
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1918
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Flower fields north of Los Feliz Blvd.
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Orange Grove and corn field and residence on Krotona Hill (north of Franklin Ave and just west of Beachwood Ave.)
 
Fields & OrchardsFlower fields north of Los Feliz Blvd.
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1937
Fields & OrchardsOrange Grove and corn field and residence on Krotona Hill (north of Franklin Ave and just west of Beachwood Ave.)
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1893