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, designed by famed architect Myron Hunt. In 1920, 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. Panoramic view of Eagle Rock, looking south from Hill Top Road toward several large hills. Colorado Boulevard, a major east-west thoroughfare, can be seen running along the middle of the photo. Angelo Bessolo's Mediterranean style mansion with a multi-tiered terrace and numerous lemon trees can be seen on the left of the photo. The street to the left of the Bessolo mansion is Ellenwood Drive. The streets visible to the right are College View Ave., and Live Oak View Ave.