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Sun, Jun 09


The Homestead Museum

The Lost Community of Misión Vieja/Old Mission

Although the Workman and Temple families called the Rancho La Puente home for almost 90 years, their connections to other communities within the Los Angeles region run almost as deep.

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The Lost Community of Misión Vieja/Old Mission
The Lost Community of Misión Vieja/Old Mission

Time & Location

Jun 09, 2024, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

The Homestead Museum, 15415 Don Julian Rd, City of Industry, CA 91745, USA

About the event

At the heart of the Whittier Narrows where the San Gabriel River flows between the Montebello and Puente hill ranges is a forgotten center of greater Los Angeles: Misión Vieja or Old Mission. Abundant water and plentiful plant and animal life made this area a magnet for human settlement from the indigenous people of untold generations to establishment of the original site of Mission San Gabriel to the ranches and farms of later years, including those owned by the Temple family.  While much of the area is now a flood control zone, remnants of Old Mission are still with us, so join Museum Director Paul R. Spitzzeri for a presentation of this little-known locale.


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