Photo: Supervisor Antonovich, Councilmember Barbara Messina, and Deputy City Manager Jessica Keating
LOS ANGELES COUNTY — At the Board of Supervisors meeting on July 15, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich welcomed Alhambra Councilmember Barbara Messina and Deputy City Manager Jessica Keating, to celebrate the City of Alhambra’s 111th birthday.
Founded in 1903, the City of Alhambra — the gateway to the San Gabriel Valley — was originally part of a 1771 Spanish land grant made to the San Gabriel Mission. In 1874, the land was purchased by Benjamin “Benito” Wilson, General George S. Patton’s grandfather, four-term County Supervisor, three-term California State Senator, and the first Los Angeles County Clerk.
Wilson named his new property “Alhambra” at the urging of his daughters Ruth and Anne, who had read about a Spanish town named Alhambra in Washington Irving’s book, “The Legends of the Moorish Palace.”
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