Glendora, California

About Glendora, California

The city of Glendora is in the foothills of the Sam Gabriel Mountains. The area is known as the Pride of the Foothills.

It has since been home to military academies, other railways, and Clokey Studios (The company that produced Gumby). The city has been very proud of that fact and has been known to host the Gumby Fest.

Glendora is truly a gem of the San Gabriel Valley and certainly the pride of the foothills.


The city was first actualized when the Santé Fe Railway connected the East to the West. 

The owner of the Locomotive company, George Whitcomb, named the city of Glendora for his wife, Leadora, and the location of his home in a glen. Hence, Glendora was named. 

Whitcomb continued to develop the area by building railways to and from the tops of the mountains and made the Pacific Electric Railway. 



Citrus College

Public School – 2 to 4 Year College

Tuition & Fees: $9,310

Student Population: 9,982

Address: 1000 W Foothill Blvd, Glendora, CA 91741

Phone: 626-963-0323

Points of Interest

Glendora Country Club

Located at 2400 Country Club Dr, Glendora, CA 91741. The Robert Trent Jones Sr. golf course is made for all levels of play—everyone from beginners, juniors, and seniors to casual golfers and golf professionals.


Glendora Historical Society Museum

Located at 314 N Glendora Ave, Glendora, CA 91741, the historical society museum has an eclectic assortment of items from the 1800s through the 1900s.


Rubel Castle

Located at 844 N Live Oak Ave, Glendora, CA 91741. Over several decades, Michael Rubel and his “pharmhands” completely constructed everything by hand. A combination of recycled materials, river rock, and remnants and artifacts from Glendora’s early agricultural and industrial eras were used to create the building’s stone masonry.


Glendora Christmas Parade

The 1.25-mile parade held every December starts in the Glendora Village on Bennett Ave—& Glendora Ave and heads south to Foothill Blvd. 


Glen Oaks Golf Course

Located at 200 W Dawson Ave, Glendora, CA 91740, this 9-hole, par-3 course also features a driving range, and clubs are available to rent.

Notable People


  • Soleil Moon Frye ( Punky Brewster actress)
  • Sally Rand (actress and dancer)
  • Raylene (pornographic actress)
  • Misty Rowe (actress on Hee Haw)
  • Woody Strode (actor, American football player)



  • Gabrial McNair  (No Doubt keyboardist)
  • Anna Nalick (singer)
  • Vince Neil (singer)
  • The Surfaris (surf music band)



  • Chris Casamassa (martial artist)
  • Bryan Clay (Olympic gold medalist)
  • Casey Jacobsen (basketball player)
  • Tracy Murray (former basketball player)
  • Adam Plutko (baseball player)
  • Aaron Rowand (baseball player)
  • Julie Smith (Olympic gold medalist)
  • Shawn Wooten (baseball player)
  • DJ Peters (baseball player)
  • Alex Solis (jockey)
  • Deontay Wilder (World Heavy Weight Champion 2015-2020)



  • Steven Barnes (science fiction and mystery author and writer)



  • Ron Gallemore  (neurosurgeon)



  • Cliff Hamlow (former Glendora mayor )(2004-2005)
  • John Harrold ( former Glendora mayor )(2001-2002)
  • Douglas F. Tessitor (mayor 2006-7)



  • David Klein (inventor of Jelly Belly candy)
  • José Mota (Spanish radio announcer for the Anaheim Angels and son of Manny Mota)
  • Tony Robbins (motivational speaker)
  • Lynsi Snyder (owner of In-N-Out Burger)
  • George Dexter Whitcomb (founder of Glendora)

Fun Facts

  • The headquarters of Rain Bird Sprinkler Manufacturing Company and the National Hot Rod Association are based in Glendora.
  • George D. Whitcomb, the founder of the city, named Glendora after his wife, Leadora, and where his house was located, a “Glen” in the San Gabriel Mountains.
  • Glendora is known as the “Pride of the Foothills.”
  • Glendora has been voted as one of the friendliest downtowns in the San Gabriel Valley.
  • The city has had a couple of movies filmed there, including;
    • Almighty Thor (2011)
    • Lonely Street (2008)


Is Glendora, CA, a rich area?

Glendora’s per capita income in 2018 was $42,494, making it prosperous compared to the rest of the US and upper middle class in comparison to California. For a family of four, this translates to an annual income of $169,976.

Is Glendora, CA, a good place to live?

It is a wonderful suburban community outside of Los Angeles with wonderful surroundings and weather. It is a peaceful town with a bustling downtown, and considered an excellent area to raise kids. In general, very safe and family-friendly communities.

What is Glendora known for?

Glendora is well-known for its lovely year-round weather, convenient position near downtown Los Angeles and the Pacific Coast’s world-class beaches, and its bustling downtown area. There are lots of parks, hiking trails, cultural destinations, eateries, cafes, and retail centers in Glendora.

What is the city next to Glendora?

Cities next to Glendora are Azusa, Citrus, and Charter Oak.

Is Glendora a safe neighborhood?

In Glendora, there is a one in 37 risk that you will become a victim of either violent or property crime. Glendora is not among the safest neighborhoods in America, according to FBI crime statistics. Glendora’s crime rate is higher than that of 75% of California’s cities and towns of all sizes, on a per capita basis.

Is Glendora water safe to drink?

To assure its safety, your drinking water in Glendora is analyzed by licensed laboratories and authorized expert water system operators.

How far is Glendora, CA, from the beach?

If you follow CA 57 S route, you can get from Glendora, CA to Huntington Beach in 33.8 miles.

How far is Glendora from Orange?

Glendora and Orange are separated by 31 miles (49.89 kilometers) by automobile and 24.07 miles (south).