The city of San Fernando is located in the northwestern section of the San Fernando Valley for which it was named. The earliest known inhabitants of the region were the Gabrielino and Tatavium Native American peoples. In 1874, San Fernando was founded as a result of the population boom that was brought about by the construction of the Southern Pacific Railroad line. The fertile valley, abundant ground water supplies and a temperate Mediterranean climate allowed early San Fernando residents to sustain themselves primarily through agricultural activities. The railroad and refrigerated boxcars opened up new markets for their farm produce that included lemons, oranges, olives, asparagus, beets, apricots, melons and beans. When other San Fernando Valley communities opted to become parts of the city of Los Angeles because of that city’s water rights, San Fernando was able to maintain its independence because it had its own supply of water. The city officially incorporated in 1911, and it is one of the oldest cities within the San Fernando Valley.
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Today, San Fernando is a small, residential city with a population that is just under 23,000 according to census records. The city is located in Los Angeles County, and it is surrounded by distinctive communities within the city of Los Angeles such as Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills and Pacoima. While many San Fernando residents commute to cities like Los Angeles, Huntington Beach and Irvine for work, there are limited, local employment options right there in San Fernando. Some top private employers include JT Contractors, Future Graphics and Samco Scientific.
San Fernando maintains its identity as a former Mexican territory as reflected in its top dining options and neighborhood architecture. Some top Mexican restaurants in the city are Gourmet Tamale Factory, Casa Torres and Pollo Gordo. Other top ethnic-inspired restaurants include Dome Pochana for Thai food and Caruso’s Italian Restaurant. Visitors who are interested in learning about the early mission culture of this region often take tours of the historic Lopez Adobe home site in San Fernando. The Spanish-style estate, which was built in 1883 for the managers of the San Fernando and San Gabriel Missions, sits on its original parcel of land.
Although numerous architectural styles are represented in San Fernando’s residential areas, the city’s modern neighborhoods have a good portion of homes that reflect the area’s Spanish and Mexican roots. Distinctive archways, tiled roofs, cobblestoned patios and ornately crafted iron entry doors, window coverings and gates are characteristic features of the Mediterranean villas, Spanish haciendas and Mission Revival-style homes that are found in San Fernando. San Fernando residents who want to make their homes or businesses stand out from the crowd should contact Pinky’s Iron Doors of Southern California. Pinky’s has one of the largest selections of traditional as well as contemporary iron entry doors in the region, and if we do not have the particular style that a customer wants, we will custom make the piece for them. With our user-friendly, online purchasing platform and delivery service to anywhere in the United States, there is no easier way for San Fernando residents and visitors to get the luxury ironwork products that they have always wanted.
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