Glendale is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Its estimated 2014 population was 200,167, making it the third largest city in Los Angeles County and the 23rd largest city in the state of California.

Glendale lies at the eastern end of the San Fernando Valley, bisected by the Verdugo Mountains, and is a suburb in the Greater Los Angeles Area. The city is bordered to the northwest by the Sun Valley and Tujunga neighborhoods of Los Angeles; to the northeast by La Cañada Flintridge and the unincorporated area of La Crescenta; to the west by Burbank and Griffith Park; to the east by Eagle Rock and Pasadena; to the south by the Atwater Village neighborhood of Los Angeles; and to the southeast by Glassell Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The Golden State, Ventura, Glendale, and Foothill freeways run through the city.

Glendale in The Hot War[]

Despite its close proximity to Los Angeles, Glendale was not destroyed or even seriously damaged by the Soviet atomic bombs deployed against L.A. on March 2, 1951. Residential windows were destroyed, for example, but utilities remained working for the most part.[1]

Local resident Aaron Finch became a minor celebrity after he captured a Soviet flyer who'd parachuted from his bomber and landed in Glendale.[2]


  1. Bombs Away, pgs. 167-168.
  2. Ibid., pg. 168.