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Temple City

Temple City, California

Introduction to Temple City, California

Temple City, California, in Los Angeles county, is 2 miles NE of Rosemead, California (center to center) and 11 miles E of Los Angeles, California. It’s situated in the western portion of the San Gabriel Valley. The city has a large Asian population, including a sizeable Taiwanese community. There are a large number of Taiwanese wedding related companies, particularly bridal gown shops. The city is known as the “Home of Camellias.”

Temple City History

John Rowland and Benito Wilson acquired a huge land grant known as the “La Puente” site, from the Spanish Government. Rowland and Wilson paid in gold for the acreage and promised to take care of the Indians residing on the acreage. Pliny Temple was given the Merced Rancho and established a large vineyard and numerous fruit tree orchards. The arrival of the Pacific Electric Railway was a significant factor in the town’s growth. In 1936 the municipality was officially named Temple City in tribute to Walter P. Temple, the city’s founder.

Temple City Attractions

The popular Temple City Camellia Festival occurs annually in February and includes a parade, rides and a variety of entertainment. The Saint Luke’s Festival is a popular yearly event. The Harvest Hoedown & Craft Fair takes place in Temple City Park. The Halloween Carnival is enjoyed by families. The Performing Arts Pavilion offers popular summer concerts.

The region offers a large number of golf courses. Some of the notable nearby museums are the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Latino Museum of History, The Los Angeles Children’s Museum and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The popular Los Angeles Zoo is located in the area.

Temple City Activities

A variety of popular activities and entertainment opportunities are located in nearby Los Angeles. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, The Angeles National Forest and the Los Padres National Forest are situated in the county and are popular for a wide variety of outdoor activities.

Temple City Transportation

Air travel is available at the Los Angeles International Airport.

Temple City Higher Education

California State University – Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Cerritos College, East Los Angeles College and Pacific States University are close by.

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