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Los Encinos State Historical Park

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Los Encinos State Historic Park, at the corner of Balboa and Ventura Boulevards in Encino, was, until the late 19th Century, the hub of human habitation in the Southern San Fernando Valley. This five-acre early California rancho includes the original nine-room de la Osa Adobe, the two-story limestone Garnier House, the Reyes Hut, natural springs, and a lake (shaped like a Spanish guitar). The park contains exhibits on early California ranch life.

Because of the ready source of water, Indians of the tribe now called the Gabrielino or Tongva lived at the site of the park for hundreds, and perhaps thousands of years. Over a million artifacts have been found in the area, including European beads which may have been gifts from Gaspar de Portola, who, in 1769, led the first European expedition to reach the San Fernando Valley. This valuable land passed through many hands, going from Native American, to Mission, to Californio, to French Basque control through the 19th Century.

Directions:Take the 101 Ventura Freeway to the Balboa off-ramp. Go south on Balboa to Moorpark--one block before Ventura Boulevard. Turn left onto Moorpark and park on the street. There is no parking lot. Enter through the gate.

Address: 16756 Moorpark Street, Encino
Phone: (818) 784-4849

Park Features:

September 30 - Summer Programs, King Gillette Ranch
September 30 - Summer Programs, Rocky Peak Park
September 30 - Summer Programs, Ballona Creek Trail and Bike Path
September 30 - Summer Programs, Pico Canyon
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