Whittier, California

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  • First settlers of Whittier were the members of the Society of Friends (Quakers), Jonathan Bailey and his wife Rebecca. As the city grew, the citizens of Whittier named the city after John Greenleaf Whittier, a respected Quaker poet.
  • Girlhood home of Louise "Lou" Henry Hoover, wife of Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States
  • Boyhood home of Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th President of the United States
  • Whittier Narrows earthquake - On Oct. 1, 1987, at 7:42 a.m., the Whittier Narrows earthquake struck, the epicenter six miles (10 km) north by northwest of Whittier. The seismic event, which registered 5.9 on the Richter scale, resulted in eight casualties and massive damage to uptown Whittier's historic buildings. In the years following the earthquake, the city's deteriorating uptown business district, which suffered substantial damage in the earthquake, became the focus of renewed development. By early 2007, the district thrives, and continues to grow, as a trendy open-air retail center. Out of the rubble of the earthquake the Whittier Conservancy was formed in 1987 in an effort to stop the demolition of many historic buildings and residences after the disaster. (Wikipedia)

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