YOUR KEY TO THE CITY

US Facts       Footsteps of History       Footsteps of History In Pictures       It Happened Here      
Mottos, Slogans and Nicknames       Noted Notables


Home     SEARCH THE INTERNET



Welcome To KEY TO THE CITY's Page For
Agoura Hills
Los Angeles County, California

ZipCodes
91301




Page Contents for Agoura Hills, California

Statistics & Facts

Location

History & History-related items

City Attractions

Government

Chamber of Commerce.

Libraries.

Schools.

Miscellany



Statistics & Facts

The California state capital is Sacramento.
The population of Agoura Hills is approximately 20,537 2000, 20330 2010.
The approximate number of families is 6,927 1990, 7327 2010.
The amount of land area in Agoura Hills is 21.154 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Agoura Hills is 7.86 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.078 sq kilometers.
The distance from Agoura Hills to Washington DC is 2457 miles.
The distance to the California state capital is 338 miles. (as the crow flies)
Agoura Hills is positioned 34.15 degrees north of the equator and 118.75 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Agoura Hills elevation is 936-2,036 feet above sea level.
Agoura Hills median income is $ 84,188 2000.
The Agoura Hills median home price is $ 368,338 2000 .
Agoura Hills average annual rainfall is 19.5 inches per year
Agoura Hills average temperature is 65 degrees F.

Location

off US 101 north of the Santa Monica Mountains. It is about 40 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Here is a map page for Agoura Hills.
Return to Index

History & History Related Items

This is a portion of the history from the City of Agoura Hills

Historians tell us the beautiful area of Agoura was first inhabited by the Chumash Indians, friendly Indians who were able to survive here because of the natural springs and streams in the Santa Monica Mountains. They were skilled in farming, hunting and fishing, establishing homes in both coastal and inland locations. The acorn was a major food source, according to Charlie Cook, a fifth generation hereditary chief of the Chumash. Acorns were collected and ground into a mush. It is said in the old days before the Spanish came, the Chumash conducted seasonal burns every 3 to 5 years. This produced better plant life and better food sources, and never hurt the many oak trees.

Later, the Franciscan friars came to the area and set out to educate the Chumash in European ways, hoping to convert them to their way of life and teachings. The California missions were established and connected by the El Camino Real, the main roadway running from Los Angeles to San Francisco which was formerly a Chumash trail. This road ran through the heart of what is now the City of Agoura Hills.

Spanish expeditions and explorations in the 1700's resulted in many large Spanish land grants of the area. Under the direction of King Philip of Spain, Rancho Las Virgenes, or El Rancho de Nuestra Senora La Reina de Las Virgenes as it was first called, was originally given to Miguel Ortega. It was one of the smallest of all the California grants, having only 17,760 acres. Later, under the United States flag, the grant was filed under the ownership of Dona Maria Antonia Machado del Reyes. Her heirs, Jose Reyes and Maria Altgracia Reyes de Vejar, built a home of adobe, "The Reyes Adobe", close to a natural spring near Strawberry Peak, and it was last owned by Jacinta Reyes. In 1994 the adobe sustained major damage during the Northridge earthquake and is presently being restored to its original condition, along with the adobe barn.

Don Pedro Pierre Agoure came to California when he was 17 in 1871. He was a shepherd and known as a swashbuckler. The son of a French farmer, he adopted the style of the Spanish, tacked a "Don" to his name and used the name Pierre. By the turn of the century, Agoura was used as a stage stop. Agoura had one of the wells used to provide water for travelers located where Agoura and Cornell Roads meet.

In 1924, Ira and Leon Colodny purchased the George Lewis Ranch in what is now known as Old Agoura. This land was known as Independence Acres, where one could own one acre for $ 800. Shortly thereafter, this area became known as "Picture City" and was used for many backdrops for motion pictures. In 1928, the Picture City Chamber of Commerce petitioned for a post office for the town. The Chamber was told to come up with a list of 10 names so the Postal Department could select a name. The Postal Department selected the name of Agoure and chose to change the last letter "e" to an "a" for ease of pronunciation.

Rapid growth occurred in the Agoura area starting in the late 60's. The first housing tracts started in Agoura were, Hillrise, Liberty Canyon and Lake Lindero. Growth continued at a rapid pace during the 1970's. Schools were built and shopping centers begun. Quickly the area became extremely desirable as the outstanding Las Virgenes Unified School District served the area. The schools located in the Las Virgenes Unified School District within the city boundaries are Willow Elementary School, Sumac Elementary School, and Yerba Buena Elementary School, as well as Lindero Canyon Middle School and Agoura High School.

In 1982, the residents of the City of Agoura Hills voted in favor of cityhood by a 68% majority. Agoura Hills became the 83rd City in Los Angeles County. Elected to the first City Council were Mayor Fran Pavley, Mayor Pro Tem Carol Sahm, Councilmembers Ernest Dynda, John Hood and Vicky Leary.

Today the city is actively involved in the economic development of the area. The City continues its efforts to beautify the freeway corridor so that when travelers drive through the City of Agoura Hills, they will wish to stop to visit. For those traveling through, the scenic beauty of the area is to be preserved and enjoyed.
Return to Index

The founding of Agoura Hills

1928

The incorporation of Agoura Hills

Dec. 8, 1982


Attractions

All types of homes may be found in the Agoura Hills area, including: townhomes, single-family homes, condominiums, apartments, estate homes and equestrian-style ranches. Those living in Agoura Hills tend to be well-educated and affluent. The area has one of the lowest crime rates in California.
Return to Index


Agoura Hills City Government

City of Agoura Hills
30001 Ladyface Court
Agoura Hills CA 91301
Phone: 818/597-7300

Agoura Hills Chamber

Agoura Hills Chamber Of Commerce
30101 Agoura Ct. #115
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Phone: 818-889-3150
Fax: 818-889-3366
Email
Serving Agoura, Oak Park and Las Virgenes

Agoura Hills Organizations

Agoura Hills Chamber Of Commerce
30101 Agoura Ct. #115
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Phone: 818-889-3150
Fax: 818-889-3366
Email
Serving Agoura, Oak Park and Las Virgenes

Agoura Hills Libraries

Agoura Hills Library
29901 Ladyface Court
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Phone: 818-889-2278


Oak Park Library
899 Kanan Rd
Agoura Hills, CA 91301-3904
Phone: 818-889-2239

Agoura Hills Schools

Las Virgenes School District


Oak Park Unified School District
1002 Doubletree Rd
Agoura Hills, CA 91301-3900
Phone: 818-707-7922


Woodcrest Schools
28370 Roadside Dr
Agoura Hills, CA 91301-2639
Phone: 818-889-9841 Agoura Hills

Miscellany

The population of Agoura Hills was:
1990 - 20,390
2000 - 20,537
The 1990 and 2000 figures are from US Census data. All other figures are from other sources.

Contribute information for this community or any other community on the Key To TheCity website

Be sure to include the name of the community and its state when contacting Key to the City as you are NOT directly contacting this community.

Thanks for visiting Key to the City. Come back again! Soon!

The information on Key to the City is from multiple sources including government, commerce, libraries, individuals and organizations. There is no guarantee of the accuracy or timeliness of the information presented on these pages, therefore, please use at your own risk.



Search Key to the City
Custom Search
or Search anywhere on the Web
Custom Search