Irwindale is a city in the San Gabriel Valley, in Los Angeles County, California. Take a look below for 15 fascinating and awesome facts about Irwindale, California, United States.
1. The population was 1,422 at the 2010 census, down from 1,446 at the 2000 census.
2. The ZIP Codes serving the area are 91010, which is shared with Duarte, 91702, which is shared with Azusa, and 91706, which is shared with Baldwin Park.
3. With relatively few residents, Irwindale consists mostly of rock quarries, which are the major revenue source for the city.
4. The Irwindale Event Center is also located in the city, as is the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area near the San Gabriel River, a plant of the Miller Brewing Company, and a plant of the Huy Fong Foods sriracha sauce company.
5. The city became the new permanent site for the annual Renaissance Pleasure Faire of Southern California in 2005, after it moved from its previous home at the Glen Helen Regional Park in Devore.
6. Irwindale, is a full-service city, it has local police and library services. There is a skate park, a teen center, a senior center, public gymnasium and a public pool.
7. The majority of the housing is found on the southeastern portion of the city, near Arrow Highway and north of Cypress Street near Irwindale Avenue.
8. There is also a tract of housing on the southeastern corner of Meridian St in the northwestern portion of the city, being distant from the rest of the housing.
9. Irwindale was part of the Mexican land grants by Alta California Governor Juan Alvarado of Rancho La Puente, Rancho Azusa de Dalton, Rancho Azusa de Duarte, and Rancho San Francisquito.
10. The families of Gregorio Fraijo and Fecundo Ayon settled here in the 1850s.
11. Significant economic growth did not arrive until the advent of the automobile, which drove up demand for the area’s rocks and sand for the paving of roads. The city was incorporated on August 6, 1957.
12. Irwindale took advantage of urban redevelopment laws starting in 1976, and prospered in the following decade; it attracted a 200-acre (81 ha) Miller Brewing Company plant, the corporate headquarters of Home Savings of America, and other companies.
13. The City of Irwindale offered a low interest loan to Huy Fong Foods in 2010 to locate its sriracha factory in Irwindale. Huy Fong took the loan and contributed $250,000 a year to the city as part of the deal. Huy Fong built a $40-million factory planned to generate about $300 million a year in sales.
14. Shortly after Huy Fong paid off the loan early and stopped contributing to the city, Huy Fong became involved in lawsuits brought by its neighbors and the city of Irwindale, who complain of the odors of jalapeño pepper and garlic generated by the plant. The city’s suit led to a court order for the plant to cease most operations.
15. Irwindale was contemplating disbanding the police department and contracting with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (either from the San Dimas or Temple City regional stations); ultimately the City Council opted to keep the police department intact.