Hurley continues, "Since its subdivision in 1953, La Mirada, once the home of a few country gentlemen and orchards of olive trees, has become a vast community of 10,000 homes, and adequate commercial and industrial planning. Its 'ranch of gentlemen' has transplanted itself into a modern community of men and women in all walks of life from all townships of the country. Its orchards of olive trees, have been transplanted, one in each of the 10,000 front lawns of the homes of La Mirada."
Songwriter, Don Hecht, writer of the words and music to 'La Mirada', received his romantic notion for the song from an old story about a section of Italy and its olive trees.
The certain charm Mr. Hecht noticed about La Mirada was the olive tree planted in the front lawn of each home. While this was on his mind, an old Italian friend told him of a place in Italy where each son of a family was given a piece of land which contained at least one olive tree. This was the tradition of that Italian community, and the inspiration for the song 'La Mirada'.
Dick Hurley wrote more, if you can find a copy.
Fred J. Olson, President of the La Mirada Chamber of Commerce at that time, stated that this composition "has been officially adopted by the La Mirada Chamber of Commerce as the community song".
This song was played at the La Mirada Drive-In for many years.
A special thank you to Jennifer (Austin) Elliott