"Early Burbank" Cover Story for Burbank-On-Demand by Peter Musurlian
Burbank is an innovator, a world traveler—a city with artistic flair and creativity. From the entertainment industry taking up residence in the early 20th century to the Lockheed Aircraft Company opening shop in 1928, Burbank's masterpieces have transcended the coasts. Films shot on Burbank back lots and streets have entertained audiences worldwide. Lockheed planes built on Burbank soil flew across the world with the likes of Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh. Once a robust farming community, Burbank, founded on May 1, 1887, and later incorporated as a city on July 8, 1911, dons its name from Dr. David Burbank, a New Hampshire–born dentist who, in 1867, bought over 9,000 acres of land amid the sun-kissed foothills of the Verdugo Mountains—land that was awaiting creative cultivation.
Winner of the 2018 San Fernando Valley Award for Nonfiction
Received the Certificate of Recognition from the California State Assembly
"With their book, Erin and Jamie Schonauer have created a vivid journey into Burbank's intriguing past through striking, unique photographs and graceful prose." -Mark Stover, Oviatt Library
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