Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California

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Van Nuys (pronounced /vænˈnaɪz/) is a district in the San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los Angeles, California, United States.



Lot sales began at the new town of Van Nuys on February 22, 1911.[1] The area is named after Isaac Van Nuys, who was of Dutch descent and participant in a ranching enterprise called the San Fernando Homestead Association, a group that purchased most of the southern San Fernando Valley (south of present-day Roscoe Blvd) in 1869 to grow grain and run sheep. Van Nuys split this huge acreage with his senior partner, Issac Lankershim, getting the east area (present-day Lankershim Blvd. crossed his section). Van Nuys also built the first wood frame house in the San Fernando Valley in 1872.

But in an odd sense, it was never Isaac Van Nuys's town as land speculators simply borrowed the name of his holding, the Van Nuys Ranch. The City of Los Angeles, and William Mulholland were building the Owens River aqueduct, starting in 1905 and to be finished in 1913. The San Fernando Valley was where the water was headed first and speculators were out to buy the Van Nuys Ranch and subdivide it into 3 cities, Van Nuys, Marian (now Reseda), and Owensmouth (now Canoga Park) and start land sales just as the aqueduct was finished. Issac Van Nuys took his money—left his name on the town—and returned to his Los Angeles elite—with an office building remaining downtown with his name.

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