How Much Do You Know About Toluca Lake?

By Jon Konjoyan

The “Chairman of the Board” — Frank Sinatra — once made his home in Toluca Lake.

The “Chairman of the Board” — Frank Sinatra — once made his home in Toluca Lake.

Do you know:

  • Toluca Lake was established in 1923
  • There is a natural lake in Toluca Lake bordered by private residences, but today the bottom is surfaced with four inches of concrete to prevent seepage
  • General Charles Forman, a wealthy local landowner, named the area “Toluca” from a native Indian word meaning “fertile” or “beautiful” valley in about 1893
  • Aviator Amelia Earhart lived in Toluca Lake on Valley Spring Lane
  • In 1945, Frank Sinatra moved his family to Toluca Lake
  • Ronald Reagan had his wedding reception with second wife Nancy Reagan at the Toluca Lake home of actor and best man William Holden in 1952
  • Bob’s Big Boy restaurant is a California Point of Historical Interest, and is the oldest Bob’s Big Boy restaurant in America
  • Now the residence of Cardinal Roger Mahoney, St. Charles Borromeo Church is attended by various well-known Toluca Lake residents and has hosted many celebrity weddings and funerals