Temple City, California

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Temple City is a city[7][8] in Los Angeles County, California. Temple City is part of a cluster of cities, along with Arcadia, Rosemead, Monterey Park, San Marino, and San Gabriel, in the west San Gabriel Valley with a rapidly growing Asian population. Temple City also has a Cuban and Puerto Rican community, among other Latino nationalities. Less than 1% of the population is African-American. The population was 33,377 at the 2000 census. At the time of the 2000 U.S. Census, Caucasians composed the largest ethnic group in Temple City.[4]

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History

The town of Temple was originated on May 30, 1923 when Walter P. Temple (June 7, 1870 - November 13, 1938), (Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum) [9] purchased 400 acres (2 km2) of land four miles (6 km) east of San Gabriel which had been part of Lucky Baldwin's Rancho Santa Anita. Temple, the son and tenth child [10] of Pliny Fisk Temple and William Workman's daughter Antonia Margarita Workman, was born on Rancho La Merced, which is today part of the city of Montebello.[11] This was the site of the original San Gabriel Mission, founded by the Franciscan Fathers next to the rich bottom lands of the San Gabriel River. Historically called “Rio de los Temblores”, which means the River of the Earthquakes,[12] it is today known as the Santa Ana.[11]

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