Covina is located in the state of California and a city in Los Angeles County, in the eastern part of downtown Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley. The area where the present-day Covina stands were inhabited originally by the Tongva people for more than 8,000 years. At the start of the 18th century, the city became a part of Rancho La Puente in Alta, California, which was a Spanish colonial in the 1770s and Mexican land grants in 1842. The area was founded in 1882 by Joseph Swift Phillips by purchasing 2,000 acres of tract lands from one of the 1842 grantees of Rancho La Puente. The city was named by the young engineer who was hired to survey the area for the railroads because of the impressive way that the valley sits adjacent to the San Gabriel Mountains that form a natural cove around the vineyards that were planted by the earlier pioneers of the area.
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