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Bidart Block
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Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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A dirt road leads to a brick commercial building, identified as the Bidart Block, located at 2nd and Main streets in Puente. Horse-drawn carriages, including one for Pomona Steam Laundry, and an early automobile are seen out in front of the business building, which contains a meat market.; Despite La Puente's fairly recent incorporation in 1956, the community is recorded to have begun in the 1840s when European settlers arrived at the 48,000 acre Rancho La Puente. The name's history goes back to Gaspar de Portola`'s 1769 expedition, when members of the team built a bridge (Puente) over San Jose Creek, during a survey of the land for Spain. In old Spanish, Puente followed the feminine artcle La, whereas nowdays, the noun follows El, hence "La Puente" instead of El Puente.
1 photograph :b&w
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Security Pacific National Bank Collection
S-004-031 4x5; La Puente-Buildings-Bidart Block.
Commercial buildings--California--La Puente
Dirt roads--California--La Puente
Horse-drawn vehicles--California--La Puente
La Puente (Calif.)

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