Place:La Puente, Los Angeles, California, United States

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NameLa Puente
Alt namesHillgrovesource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS6049979
Puentesource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS6049979
TypeInhabited place
Coordinates34.033°N 117.933°W
Located inLos Angeles, California, United States
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La Puente is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The population was 39,816 at the 2010 census. The city lies approximately 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

  • City flower: golden Hibiscus
  • City colors: green and white

History

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The original inhabitants of the area now occupied by the city of La Puente were the Tongva. They lived in a village called Awingna, which linguists translate as "abiding place."


In 1769, the Gaspar de Portolà expedition (the first European exploration party in the Los Angeles area), along with Father Junípero Serra, built a bridge over the San Jose Creek. The Spanish explorers' term for a bridge was la puente.

With the establishment of Mission San Gabriel, the area encompassing Awingna and what is now La Puente officially came under the jurisdiction of the priests operating the mission. In 1774, the "chief" of Awingna (who also held sway over several other nearby villages) was baptized at Mission San Gabriel.

The mission established the Rancho de la Puente, which was visited by the Jedediah Smith party in November of 1826, the first Americans to travel overland to California.

In 1884, the area was named Puente (bridge in Spanish; in old Spanish the noun was often feminine, as opposed to modern Spanish el puente). The community began in 1841 when John Rowland and William Workman were granted the Rancho La Puente.

The area was known for its fruit and walnut groves during the 1930s. The city was even home to the world's largest walnut packing plant. Today, the city is heavily urbanized, but the area still has some historical landmarks from its founding days nearby, for instance, the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum in neighboring City of Industry.

Redevelopment of the business districts in La Puente have been ongoing. However, the local government has been relatively unsuccessful in its attempts to attract big-box retailers and restaurant chains. La Puente retains many aging 1950s-era strip malls.

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