Panoramic view of Eagle Rock Valley, as it was known in the 1900s. The photo, looking northwest toward the San Rafael Mountains, was taken from a hilltop. Eagle Rock is a neighborhood in northeastern Los Angeles that derives its name from a massive boulder at the district's northern edge. The boulder contains an indentation that creates an eagle-shaped shadow everyday around noon. 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, one of our country's most prestigious liberal arts colleges, designed by Myron Hunt in the Mediterranean revival style and built between 1911 and 1913. In 1920, Eagle Rock's population had grown to 2,250. Just one year later, in 1921, this figure had leaped to 3,800. In the 1950s, newer streets were extended into the hillsides and larger homes boasting views of the city were built. Since then, the city has been experiencing gentrification as young urban professionals discover this gem between Glendale and Pasadena, minutes away from downtown Los Angeles. Today, the community of Eagle Rock with its famous landmark is home to approximately 27,875 people.