Alhambra, California

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Alhambra (pronounced /ælˈhæmbrə/ or /ɑːlˈhɑːmbrə/ despite its Spanish pronunciation of [aˈlambɾa]) is a city (incorporated on 11 July 1903) located in the western San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County, California, United States, which is approximately eight miles from the Downtown Los Angeles civic center. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 85,804. The city's ZIP Codes are 91801 and 91803 (plus 91802 for P.O. boxes).



Alhambra is named after Washington Irving's book Tales of the Alhambra, not after the Alhambra palace itself.[1] Alhambra was founded as a suburb of Los Angeles in 1903. Alhambra existed as an unincorporated area during the mid-19th century. The city high school, Alhambra High School, was established in 1898, five years before the city's incorporation. The Alhambra Fire Department was established in 1906. On July 11, 1903, the City of Alhambra was incorporated. There are five districts in Alhambra [2] Council members are nominated by district and elected for four-year terms. In even number years, elections held for half the council and so on.

Many of Alhambra's homes have historical significance. They include common styles such as Craftsman, Bungalow, Spanish Mediterranean, Spanish Colonial, Italian Beaux-Arts, and Arts & Crafts. There are also a large number of condominiums, rental apartments, and mixed-use residential/commercial buildings, especially in the Downtown area.

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