Highlights of Glendale's History

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A town since the 1880s and incorporating as a City in 1906, Glendale has a long, storied history. Click on any of the links below for some of the City of Glendale’s historical highlights.


CentralLibraryExteriorCirca1980NEWSMGlendale Public Library/Library, Arts & Culture History

From a renovated pool room at Wilson and Everett to the center of Arts & Culture in Glendale! Click here to learn about the beginnings and growth of library services in Glendale. 


 ExteriorTowerGrand Central Air Terminal

The Grand Central Air Terminal Building is one of Glendale’s most storied structures. It opened in 1929 as the primary public building for Grand Central Air Terminal, which had been established in 1922 as the Glendale Municipal Airport. Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, and many other early aviators were regular visitors to Grand Central, as were Hollywood celebrities, many of whom kept personal airplanes there. Take an online tour of the Grand Central Air Terminal and learn more about Glendale's role in the history of aviation. 


 RCWian1948-1949-SMGlendale Mayors 

The City of Glendale was incorporated February 16, 1906, and was governed by a Board Trustees from 1906 to 1921. The City of Glendale became a Chartered City upon ratification of its Charter on March 29, 1921, and the Board of Trustees became known as the City Council. Click here to see a gallery of the Presidents of the Board of Trustees and past and present Mayors.



Doctor's House taken 1979Glendale Register of Historic Resources

The City of Glendale created and adopted the Glendale Register of Historic Resources on September 30, 1997. Today the Register, which is overseen by the Planning Division, contains over 100 properties. Click here to access the Planning Division's list of properties (including images), as well as information on historic preservation, how to research the history of your home, or how to apply for inclusion on the Register.

 2010-1946Library Cards Tell Glendale's Story 

Glendale library cards feature historic photos from our photograph collections, highlighting famous residents and visitors, historic buildings, and more. Our most recent set of library cards celebrates the restoration and reopening of the Brand Library & Art Center in 2014. Read More>