Visit us on Saturdays from 10:00 to
to Eagle Rock, California
society objectives are
- To preserve, clarify through research and to
perpetuate the history of Eagle Rock Valley
- To make this history available to students,
researchers, libraries and all interested persons
- To preserve and protect our local landmarks,
especially the Eagle Rock
- Tuesday October 21, 2014, 7:00 PM
Clang Clang Gone! Went the Trolly
|Thank you to all who came to our Annual Ice Cream
Social that took place on August 3rd. It was our most successful Social
to date! We were able to honor six people in our community, living
pioneers we called them, with our Emma Award to publicly recognize what
they have done for our community and how they have helped preserve and
protect Eagle Rock's rich history.
Aside from the award ceremony, the Ice Cream Social is our one
fundraiser we put on each year. One of the key reasons our Social can
be such a success is due to the support of our fantastic donors in
town. Without them there would be no raffle and no toppings to our ice
Please show your thanks to these businesses by patronizing their store:
- Auntie Em's
- Colorado Wine Company
- Dave's Chillin' and Grillin'
- Sir Michael's
- Trader Joe's
- Tritch Hardware
And also thanks to Karin Heyl for her baked goods basket, and Frank
Parello and Cory and Sarah Stargel for their fabulous books.
Finally, a big thank you to the ERHS Key Club for scooping the ice cream every year,
the Center for the Arts for hosting our event, and Carlos Kuhlman and the ERHS Latin Jazz Band
and the Fifth Friday Folk Band for supplying us with stellar live music!
Until next year! In the meantime come visit us at our archives in the
basement of the Center for the Arts building every Saturday from
10-Noon. We want to meet you and hear your story!
-Your Volunteers at ERVHS
EAGLE ROCK'S NAME:
The date and origin
of the name
Eagle Rock for the large conglomerate formation which names our
community and the preceding City of Eagle Rock (1911-1923) is unknown.
The term seems to be associated with the coming of English speakers to
the valley around 1886 when the land was dispersed out of the Rancho
San Rafael. The Spanish speakers before this referred to the rock as
Piedra Gorda (fat rock).
The association of the term Eagle Rock with the native people of the
area (formerly known as Gabrielino now known as Tongva) was asserted by
many of the early historians of the valley, most prominently Emma (Mrs.
C. W.) Young. The phrasing of these legends together with the lack of
actual communication with or knowledge of the native people makes these
associations quite doubtful in my view. As far as I know no one has
asked the Tongva their view or whether such a legend exists in their
oral tradition. This said, below is a version of the legend which was
published around 1970 on the back of note cards sold by the Eagle Rock
High School Jazz Band.
“Indian Legend – An Indian baby lay on a
Eagle swooped, clutched the babe and flew eastward. The
in chase, called to the Sun, “Let him crush himself against
Rock and turn to stone upon it.” ‘Twas
infant lay unhurt below.”
“Few landmarks in the United States bear both national
emblems-George Washington in profile – the Eagle, front
Some say that the overhang forming the right wing of the spread eagle
shadow has been eroded over the years. The photographic
beginning in 1888 is quite inconclusive. Many of the photographs have
been retouched to enhance the eagle shadow.
President, Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society