Eagle Rock is a neighborhood in northeastern Los Angeles that derives its name from a massive boulder at the district's northern edge, which contains an indentation that casts a vaguely bird-shaped shadow on the rock at certain times of day. In the 1880s Eagle Rock existed as a farming community with grand Victorian farmhouses and many exquisite Craftsman homes in charming neighborhoods. In 1906 Eagle Rock became an independent city and was incorporated in 1911 with a population of approximately 600; in 1914 it also became home to Occidental College, designed by famed architect Myron Hunt. The entire city has been experiencing gentrification for the last few years as young urban professionals discover this gem between Glendale and Pasadena, minutes away from downtown Los Angeles. In 2005, population reached approximately 27,875. Panoramic view of Colorado Boulevard, with commercial buildings and residential homes on either side. Colorado Blvd. is a major east-west thoroughfare that runs from Griffith Park, through Glendale, Eagle Rock, Pasadena, Arcadia, and ends in Monrovia. A little known fact: from 1934 through 1936, Colorado Blvd. and Eagle Rock Blvd. were part of Route 66; in 1971, the 134 Freeway opened, bypassing Colorado Blvd. as the previous highway route.