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Sylmar

Year Founded: 1890

Population: 75,000

Origins: The Spaniards moved to the area in the 1700s and founded the San Fernando Mission there. In 1890, some Illinois businessmen moved to the area, planted an olive grove and set up an olive packing plant. In the 1920s, the area became known for its tuberculosis sanitarium and as the setting for such pioneering films as "Birth of a Nation...

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