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Lopez Station
Mission Hills, California

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Lopez Station, n.d. Adobe structure built as a family home by Geronimo and Catalina Lopez about 1861 when they purchased 40 acres to the west of the San Fernando Mission.

Used by various stage lines (but not Butterfield, which ran from 1858-1861 only), it came to be known as Lopez Station.

According to the LADWP archive at the Los Angeles Public Library, it included a store as well as the first English-speaking school and U.S. Post Office in the San Fernando Valley. Beginning in 1868 it became an overnight stop (Ripley says eventually the headquarters) for Remi Nadeau's Cerro Gordo Freighting Company, whose mule teams hauled silver-lead ingots from the Cerro Gordo mines to Los Angeles (and carted food and supplies back in the other direction).

Geronimo and Catalina Lopez moved into a new adobe home in 1882 or 1883. It still stands and is known as the Lopez Adobe.

Lopez Station, on the other hand, was demolished in 1910 or 1911 to clear the way for the Los Angeles (aka San Fernando, aka Van Norman) Reservoir, an original component of the Los Angeles Aqueduct system. The city of L.A. acquired the Lopez family's 40 acres.

On April 29, 1978, the LADWP and the El Camino Real Parlor No. 324 of the Native Daughters of the Golden West commemorated the Lopez Station site with a marker near the reservoir gate at 15735 Rinaldi Blvd., Mission Hills.

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