Sylvia Durando is a former Hollywood stunt double and owner of horses. In her family archives she turned up this Arrow Studios photograph of the 1930 ceremony opening the Sepulveda Boulevard tunnel beneath Mulholland Drive, creating what became called Sepulveda Pass. Until then, you had to take one of the winding canyons between the Valley and the Westside. Once the pass was paved and opened as a state highway in 1935, trucks bound for the beach or the southern part of the state no longer had to follow Ventura Boulevard, then U.S. 101, into Cahuenga Pass.
Durando’s mother is on one of the horses in the photo. Descendants of the Sepulveda rancho family attended the ceremony and the San Fernando High School band played. The program contained ads for Valley chicken farms and the brand new Los Angeles Metropolitan Airport, “at the Heart of the San Fernando Valley, Woodley Street and Saticoy Boulevard.” That’s now Van Nuys Airport. We run the photo courtesy of Svlvia Durando.