A film chronicling the history of the foothills by John Newcombe is being screened this week. “Rancho La Cañada: Then & Now” is a feature length documentary about the history of the Crescenta-Cañada Valley that is divided into three parts. Each part is self-contained and can be viewed separately or all at once.
Part I — Ranch presents information on the early settlers to this area that were Civil War veterans in search of healthful climate. They struggled to transform the arid, rocky terrain into productive citrus groves, olive groves and vineyards.
Part II — Health Resort follows the brief period that the valley became a health resort and tourist attraction.
Part III — Suburb covers the evolution of the area. As the population of greater Los Angeles exploded, it was inevitable that the valley would evolve into a suburb.