Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California

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Woodland Hills is a district in the city of Los Angeles, California, United States. It was originally named Girard.

Woodland Hills is located in the southwestern area of the San Fernando Valley, east of Calabasas and west of Tarzana, with Warner Center in its northern section. On the north Woodland Hills is bordered by: West Hills, Canoga Park, and Winnetka, and Topanga is to the south.

Some neighborhoods are in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Running east-west through the community is U.S. Route 101 (Ventura Freeway), and Ventura Boulevard, whose western terminus is at Valley Circle Boulevard in Woodland Hills.

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History

The area was inhabited for around 8,000 years by Native Americans of the Fernandeño-Tataviam and Chumash-Venturaño tribes that lived in the Santa Monica Mountains and Simi Hills and close to Arroyo Calabasas (Calabasas Creek) tributary of the Los Angeles River in present day Woodland Hills.[1][2] The first Europeans to enter the San Fernando Valley were the Portola Expedition in 1769, exploring 'Alta California' for Spanish missions and settlements locations. Seeing it from present day Sepulveda Pass, the oak savanna inspired them to call the area Santa Catalina de Bononia de Los Encinos (Valley of the Oaks).[3] The Mission San Fernando Rey de España (Mission San Fernando) was established in 1797 and given the Valley's land, including future Woodland Hills. After the Mexican War of Independence the secularized Mission lands became the Rancho Ex-Mission San Fernando.

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