La Cañada History: Vineyards bulldozed to make way for road extension

La Cañada History: Vineyards bulldozed to make way for road extension
Vineyards that had once been tended by the Petrotta family were bulldozed to extend Cornishon Avenue to Descanso Drive in April 1957. (File photo)

Ten Years Ago

The La Cañada High School equestrian team competed in the final Interscholastic Equestrian League show of the season, with the varsity team defeating 60 other teams to become the 2006-07 high point scorer. Team president Ryan Ash was the overall varsity jumper reserve champion.

Twenty Years Ago

La Cañada Junior Baseball/Softball Assn. opened its 43rd season in mid-April 1997 with 600 boys playing in six baseball leagues and 400 girls competing in four softball leagues.

Thirty Years Ago

In the spring of 1987, the estate home at 700 Berkshire Avenue served as the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, an event that was repeated at the same property in 2016. Catholic Big Brothers' board of directors reserved the home for their second annual black-tie gala that May.

Forty Years Ago

With Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department representatives saying the funding proposed would provide "an adequate level of service," the La Cañada Flintridge City Council approved a $645,136 contract for fiscal year 1977-78, as recommended by the Law Enforcement Commission.

Fifty Years Ago

The La Cañada school board began moving ahead on plans for a new campus to house La Cañada Elementary School. It would replace the existing school that was scheduled to close by June 1968 to make way for the Foothill (210) Freeway. At the time, LCE served 611 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Sixth-grade students were then educated at Foothill Intermediate School, along with seventh- and eighth-graders.

Sixty Years Ago

Work began on turning what had been vineyards owned by the Petrotta family into the lower extension of Cornishon Avenue, from La Cañada Junior High School (later the site of Foothill Intermediate), to Descanso Drive. The long-awaited move came about because work was underway on a residential subdivision on the west side of Cornishon.

Compiled from the Valley Sun archives by Carol Cormaci.