Saturday, July 28, 2007
76 Mature Olive Trees
Lassen Street between Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Farralone Avenue, Chatsworth – map
So what was up with all designations of tree-related Los Angeles landmarks back in the 1960s? Including the Chavez Ravine Arboretum, a full six of the first forty-nine monuments declared are trees. I’m not sure what percentage that is, but fraction-wise it’s pretty close to 6/49.
According to this website of the Chatsworth Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, these trees were planted in 1893 by N.A. Grey, the Lassen Street property owner. It also claims the trees were begun from the cuttings of olive trees at the San Fernando Mission.
If you’re ever bored on a weekend and feel like driving to Chatsworth to check out these 76 Mature Olive Trees, don’t do so at my urging. First of all, the DAR website says the trees are now down to 49 from the 76 of 1967. And the way they stand and are maintained, the effect of witnessing them in person isn’t all that remarkable. If it were up to me, I’d go to other Chatsworth sites instead.
Up next: Mission Wells & the Settling Basin