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Devonshire Downs

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jethro tullCalifornia State University, Northridge, used to be San Fernando Valley State College. The campus used to include a property known as Devonshire Downs, which included a stadium and numerous arenas and agricultural buildings. Devonshire Downs was sold off in a bout of austerity by the California state government, and became a business complex.

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In 1969, Devonshire Downs was host to a West Coast Woodstock. Creedence Clearwater Revival was there! So was Joe Cocker! The Byrds! Steppenwolf! Jimi Hendrix! The Animals! It was our own Woodstock in LA!

jimiIt was the also the site of any number of horse shows, gun shows, craft and art shows, etc.

When I first moved to Northridge as a high school student direct from Brooklyn, in 1960, there was a reptile show being held at Devonshire Downs. As I had worked at the Bronx Zoo in New York, I was quite familiar with reptiles and…

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