San Gabriel is located in the southern part of the state of California and a city in Los Angeles County. It sits on the eastern downtown side of Los Angeles, along the San Gabriel Valley. The area is part of the Mission San Gabriel Arcangel and was founded by Father Junipero Serra in 1771, which then became the fourth in the California chain of the 21 missions. There were a number of churches that were built, however, there was a fortress-like mission church which greatly resembles the Cordoba Mosque in Spain, which was then laid out during the 1880s land boom. It has grown as a residential community that is a part of greater Los Angeles which also includes some light manufacturing. The San Gabriel Mission Playhouse is an important cultural landmark of the city which was dedicated in 1927.
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