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Historic City of Burbank

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Burbank, California has a rich and varied history. Once agriculture was an important industry. Then in the early 20th Century, Burbank became a leader in the production of aircraft and motion pictures. Today, the film industry is still going strong, despite some recent competition, but most of the aircraft and agriculture is gone. Burbank's development began in the 1880s and was named for Dr. David Burbank, a dentist from New Hampshire who acquired the land that became the City of Burbank. Burbank was incorporated on July 1, 1911 as the first city in the San Fernando Valley.

Surrounded on three sides by the City of Los Angeles, Burbank still preserves elements of its historic past. Along the north side of Olive Avenue, a block west of Victory Boulevard, is George Izay Park. A mounted Air Force Jet graces the park beside the historic Mentzer house, a Victorian house built in 1887 and moved here in 1977. The Mentzer house is managed by the Burbank Historical Society which also operates the Gordon R. Howard Museum in the park. The address is 1015 Olive Avenue, Burbank, CA, phone 818-841-6333. The museum is open Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

The Burbank Historical Society was founded in 1973. The museum is named for a major benefactor. There are seven major display spaces, one recently created by enclosing an open patio area in 2003 where vehicles are now displayed. Other displays are to early agriculture, the beginning of urbanization, the motion picture connection, antique cameras, and aircraft. The Mentzer House offers tours at 2:00 and 3:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.

The Mentzer House was built along with about 30 matching units by the Providencia Land, Water, and Development Company in 1887. The house was moved twice with it's final location being here along Olive Avenue. The house is about 900 square feet, one story two bedrooms, a parlor, dining room, and kitchen. A pantry was later converted into a bathroom.

What is now a commercial airport, the Bob Hope Airport has a rich historic past, as well as several names. Lockheed Aircraft built the airport as part of an aircraft factory that turned out thousands of fighters and bombers during World War 2. Later, Lockheed Airport became the Hollywood-Burbank Airport, then the Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena Airport. Early in 2004, a banner hung on front of the main terminal proclaiming Bob Hope Airport in honor of the popular entertainer who called Burbank home and died the year before. Within the terminal are exhibits to Burbank's important aircraft history.

George Izay Park
George Izay Park. Photo Date: 9-12-04.
Gordon R. Howard Museum
Gordon R. Howard Museum. Photo Date: 9-12-04.
Mentzer House
Mentzer House. Photo Date: 9-12-04.
Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena Airport
Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena Airport. Photo Date: 12-25-02.
Hollywood-Burbank
Hollywood-Burbank Airport. Photo Date: .
Bob Hope Airport
Bob Hope Airport. Photo Date: 2-8-04.
Bob Hope Airport
Photo date: 12-3-04.

The sculpture Requiem by Erwin Binder is located in Buena Vista Park along the south side of Riverside Drive between Hollywood Way and Buena Vista Boulevard.

Requiem by Erwin Binder
Requiem Erwin Binder. Photo date: 3-10-05.
The plaque says:
Requiem
Sculpture: Erwin Binder
Burbanks Trubute to
Great Americans
"The Defenders of the Constitution"
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Funded by:
A Collection of Proud Patriots
Assembled by Mr. Bob Hope and
Mayor Michael R. Hastings
May 27, 1988
Requiem by Erwin Binder
Requiem Erwin Binder. Photo date: 3-10-05.
Requiem by Erwin Binder
Requiem Erwin Binder. Photo date: 3-10-05.

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