In the early 1880’s, Dr. Benjamin Briggs, an Indiana physician, decided that La Crescenta offered the ideal climate and moved here. His desire was to devote himself to horticultural pursuits and the establishment of a health resort. Although he did not survive long enough to realize his life ambition, others pursued his interests. Sanitariums for asthmatics and other health facilities for the infirmed were built. Fast forward to the 1970’s when the 210 freeway was completed which shortened commutes for many of the residents. Depending on traffic, the community is approximately 30-45 minutes from Downtown Los Angeles and 20 minutes from Angeles National Forest. The California ranch is the predominant home style with a sprinkling of mid-century homes. Markridge Estates boasts larger floorplans of newer homes. Main attractions are the blue ribbon schools and a variety of parks including a dog park.
THINGS TO DO IN LA CRESCENTA AND MONTROSE
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
- Historical Society of Crescenta
- Prom Plus
Prom Plus is a grassroots effort that was started by parents and community members in Crescenta Valley. It offers an alternative to unsupervised after prom parties.