7/28/13

VARRIO FROG TOWN RIFA





Thee FROG TOWN neighborhood was born in the early part of the 1900's. This old barrio lays tucked in-between Elysian Hills and North East L.A.

The area was oldenly known as LITTLE RIVER VALLEY because this area is like a small valley wedged in right next to the LA River, in-between the Glendale Narrows (Verdugo) Wash and its tributary the Arroyo Seco; jammed up against the Elysian Hills, hence the reason why back in history, the place was also referred to as "Elysian Valley."

This area because of the thick vegetation growth along the wandering river bed and its river banks, allowed for a large gnat and insect infestation which in turn, sustained the growth of a sizable Frog population. During those early decades along this River Side community one could hear the sounds of Bullfrogs singing all through out the nights. These nightly serenades of the Bullfrogs gave rise to the moniker for the area <~ baptized with by the Mexican gente who lived right there around this pantano marsh locality.

The Frog Town ganga that sprang up in this area in the early 1930's was, has been, and remains a very close tight-knit varrio. Frog Town Rifa is from the old list of City of Angels varrios keeping it going -small but strong- still representing on the calles!



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29 comments:

VILLEGE DE VIRGIL said...

You should make a pagina for Canta Ranas and Dog Patch.DT FTR and DXP and CRV they have similar names and are on the exact opposie side of town.

VILLEGE DE VIRGIL said...

Ive been told of these CR clicks Viejo Side, Seeker Side, Locos and a few more I forgot about.They were told to me by a young dude from CR that I went to school with.His clicka was the SKS (Seekers).According to the homey his clicka started in the 80s. DXP has these clicks, Street Dog Locos(SDLS),Criminals(CMS),Tiny Winos(TWS), and a TVS click, I think it stands for Traviesos, but I aint sure.Im pretty new to this area, and I kick it in my old Neighborhood most of my time.Ive met a few of the DXPs but aint reall tight with em you know.

Anonymous said...

I think that Frog Town also got its name from the fact that sometimes after a really wet year of rain when the spring comes there are thousands of baby frogs all over the place, you can hardly walk down the street without stepping on them. They are everywhere.

Anonymous said...

yup remember rolling to school in the morning hearing the frogs get smashed by the cars tires. they would go into my front yard all the time. would like a straight history of this hood tho.

Anonymous said...

SALUDOS TO THE CAMARADAS SPEEDY,LEFTY,BEBE DE FROGTOWN...

Anonymous said...

I grew up and lived in FrogTown we lived and "Yes", FrogTown got its name because alot of frogs would pop up during the Rain...I used to live there, I grew up there.

My uncles were in FTR Veteranos they hung out with Lil Man, Jose, El Gato, Toro -when it was cool Gangster.
The youngester messed everything up -Speedy, etc.
They were punks and messed up the neighborhood which was
NOT STREET ETHICS!!!
To mess with the Familias and our Hood.
I miss the OG, Cholos they were cool to the kids and had a great sense of humor and protect our streets; they were the True GodFathers of FTR.

Keep the Faith...

Anonymous said...

dis is da homie big felon loko i aint from da bario of frogs i but still dis is my hood i been living haer 4 a bout 11 years i lived across da sreet from big stalker r.i.p dog i new his mom an 2 bro and sis. they were cool but i i no is dat da hood is goona come bakk up sooner or later

Anonymous said...

Elysian Valley is a small neighborhood in LA's Mideast Side, bordered by Fletcher to the north, the 5 freeway to the west and south, and the LA river to the east and south. It's surrounded by Elysian Park, Silver Lake, and Elysian Heights and, across the river, Atwater Village, Glassell Park and Cypress Park.

Elysium, in the Greek religion, was the part of the Underworld reserved for heroes. It includes the Elysian Plains and the Elysian Fields. Los Angeles Elysian Valley, however, is mostly populated by Latinos and Asians, both heroic and not. The demographic of the neighborhood is roughly 61% Latino, 26% Asian and 10% white.

The neighborhood is fairly green and lush. Although many homes sit on dirt yards, the streets are lined with trees and the LA River that borders it is almost like a jungle. At any time of the day, there are abundant carp, ducks, cormorants, herons and the occasional crawdaddy.

The neighborhood is a mix of residential and industrial. There are no commercial spaces in the neighborhood's interior aside from one market, the Lovely Service Market. On the northern border there are a few places along Fletcher including Altamirano Records and Mazda Miata Specialist.
When the 5 was constructed in the 1950s, [size=24]many residents of Elysian Valley were displaced and the commercial corridor that helped the neighborhood thrive in the 1930s withered and died. There is a glimpse of the old main drag along Riverside, which is home to Won's Market, Paramount Pest Control, Rick's Drive-In, Warren Animal Hospital and Coco's.

The Dorris Place Elementary School in Frogtown has appeared in several movies, television shows, and commercials including High School High, an Aflac Insurance ad, an episode of Cold Case, the 2003 version of Freaky Friday and the short film, First Days. "'Neath the hills of Elysian, stands an honored place..."

The community was first known as Gopher Flats around 1900, when it was established for railroad workers. It got its nickname of Frogtown in the 1930s.

Back before the river was flood controlled, there were thousands of Western Toads (not frogs) that invaded the neighborhood, with the last wave occuring in the 1970s. That’s why the name Frogtown ended up becoming associated with the local gang, Frogtown, once numbered in the 3,000 members. The graffiti suggests they're much diminished now, with most of the heavy tagging done by gangs from other areas.

Currently the neighborhood has, despite its proximity to downtown and the 5, an almost post-apocalyptic character. Crumbling industrial buildings are surrounded by razor wire with shredded plastic garbage caught on the spike and lush flora sprouts up amongst the decaying garbage and industrial ruins.

Heavily tagged, abandoned cars sit on sleepy streets with their doors left open. In fact, it seems like Frogtown's one of the most heavily tagged neighborhoods in the city, although there are officially sanctioned murals too. Each August, the small arts scene puts on The Frogtown Artwalk. Celebrity artist Shepard Fairey, has an art studio in a building near Worthen and Ripple.

At night, it's very dark, with very few street lights. With few through streets, it's almost all dead ends, and I've known people to get stuck up over there by knuckleheads with nothing better to do.
There are a couple of parks. Marsh Park features the large rattlesnake sculpture. Oso Park features a sculpture of a bear, and not the sort seen uphill in Elysian Park.

Elysian Valley, once known as Little River Valley, and now known as Frog Town

Anonymous said...

I THANK GOD FOR FROG TOWN, FOR ALLOWING ME TO GROW UP THERE, FOR HAVING HIS HAND ON ME THROUGH ALL THE MADDNESS, ONCE A MEMBER OF THAT GANG THATS ALL I LIVED FOR, NOW I LIVE FOR GOD, BUT TO SEE SOME OF THOSE COMMENTS YOU POSTED WOULD UPSET PEOPLE, BUT KNOW THIS MY FRIEND, "THAT IN EVERY HOUSE THERE IS PORCELIN FROG, THAT ON EVERY STREET THERE ARE FAMILYS THAT STILL HAVE DEEP ROOTS THERE, FROG TOWN IS LIKE A DRUG, ON A NICE DAY YOU HEAR THE WIND BLOW THROUGH THE TREES, AND THE FROGS SINGING" RIBBET, RIBBET, THE KIDS WALKING HOME FROM DORRIS PLACE, AND BUYING SOMTHING FROM "OLD LARRY'S MARKET, OR SAINT ANNS BELL RINGING AT 12'O' CLOCK, SEE THIS IS WHAT FROG TOWN IS ALL ABOUT, GOD BLESS THE PEOPLE, AND THAT LILLY PAD, AMEN

Anonymous said...

emilio rivera is from the vario i hear no one likes him though he's a well known actor making millions and lives all around efe te ere owns 20 houses an takes care of his big ass familia michoacana fuck lefty keep trucha putos adam rivera big bad avenues

Anonymous said...

The homeboy Lefty is beloved by the true camaradas from the barrio. Original Frogs who respect the homeboy's success and the way he always represents without shame or regrets. The big sad Avenidas never could compare with the Pocos Pero Locos Efe Te Ere. Without their regulating padrotes, They Ain't Shit.

Anonymous said...

LIVED IN FROGTOWN WHEN IT USED TO BE CALLED LIL VALLEY ,OTHER NIEGBORHOODS , SUCH AS AVE'S, CYPRESS PARK, HIGHLAND PARK LIVED THERE ALSO, AS THE YEARS WENT ON IT BECAME ONLY FROGTOWN, I TOO WENT TO DORRIS PLACE , IRVING ,AND MARSHALL, GOT MARRIED IN SAINT ANNS CHURCH , AND BELIVE WAS THE ONLY WEDDING IN EFE TE ERE, TO SHOW UP ON THE PAGES OF LOWRIDER MAGAZINE ,WHEN THE MAG WAS FIRST STARTING OUT, I'VE HAD MY UPS AND DOWNS IN MY NIEGBORHOOD ,AS KID I'M SURE WE ALL HAVE. AS FOR MY HOMEBOY LEFTY, HOMIES TILL THE END, AS FOR JEALOUS PUTO FROM THE AVENUES , YOU PROBABLY DON'T EVEN HAVE A JOB, AND COLLECTING WELFARE , FROGS ARE EVERYWHERE , UNLIKE YOU AND YOUR HOMIES, YOUR STILL HIDEING IN HOLE IN YOUR OWN HOOD LIKE YOU GUYS ALWAYS DO FROGS LIVE ON

Community Efforts in Ontario said...

Does anybody know of an old vato named Chief who used to hit up Lil Valley on the river? I have some pictures of this...it would have been about 1965 or so.

Anonymous said...

when you became a frogtown member frogtown came first,now you have all these sissys,lalas who went to prison a left frogtown to join a prison gang, and return and make everyone pay taxes that want guns money dope or sell are dope only ,all these new generation punks are cowards,they are not frogtown members ,but traitors,they put another gang first now can never be trusted,when i was growing up to be a frog you had to be a frog since middle school and marshall represent fight all enemies at school that wanted some...now these guys running things bouncer,toti,s sneaky jap etc have never fought man to man with a enemy in middle school or high school,they were from nowhere ..i just live in frogtown as soon as the droped out of school they started claiming frogtown,,,sorry pussys,cowards lames, these punks are scared to get in and punch and get punched, and the only reason bouncer is running things for arnie in pelican bay.because arnie was fucking him in the shu its no secert bouncer is a undercover transvestite, follow him at night and youll see he cross dresses sorry,bunch of cocksuckers taking orders from a fag//

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

B.FROGXTOWNRIVERSIDE13HILLSIDELOCOS

Anonymous said...

NE.FROGXTOWNRIFA13 GANG
CSLXPSGXHSL CLICKS!FUCK SOPAS,CYSSYS,MECKOPARK,
TRASHCALS,TUNAFISH!!FUCK THE REST

Anonymous said...

Fuck noodles. vFrogTownRifaX3

Anonymous said...

Puro varrio FrogTownRifa gang.Fuck all our enemigas.HillSideLocos,much love to the ParkSideGees and the ChurchSideLocos!!Ribbit Ribbit all day

Anonymous said...

vFrogxTownRifa13ParkSideGees click.Fuck The Rest.Y que putos

Anonymous said...

t0 the lil bitch talking all that b.s about the homies sounds to me like a fucken debriefer joker all pc. sny step up punk you have allways been a fucken pussy and your fagg it brother tina back in the late 80.s looking like spagolly permed hair short shorts the homie rocky rip otero had you both sucking his dick keep hideingfucken leva

Anonymous said...

Are you from frooogtown? o.O

Anonymous said...

No respect. Can't even enjoy memories of my neighborhood without trash talk. Pathetic!!! Most of you won't be able to see your children grow up in the neighborhood because you'll be in prison or dead.

Anonymous said...

ALL MY FAMILY I MISS U R.I.P. Travieso,cloudy...BIG ED..known As OG TINY..BIG AL..SLEEPY..STREET LIFE..CHINO.BIRD.payaso.CHICO.FIRME VATOS ALWAYS WILL BE MISSED BIG BAD FROGTOWN #1...

Anonymous said...

ALL ARE HATERS MAKE us famous!!FROGTOWN ALWAYS DOING YOU FROGGY STYLE DONT HATE participate..RIBBIT, RIBBIT,deuces

Anonymous said...

Check the net-banging and name-dropping. Show love for the varrio and all the firme camaradas that have passed without hipping outsiders to varrio business.

Posers talk. Real Frogs say nothing.

Anonymous said...

Wherez toti ?!? Tell him Martha said hello

Anonymous said...

The CR clicks are the viejo side, the seeker side, the kingsman, the danbee side but there all dead or in jail. The Locos are not around no more because they got the green light. The neighbourhood has been around since the 60s. It was called flood ranch before canta ranas.

Unknown said...

CANTARANAS N FROGTOWN BEEN AROUND SINCE 1940S ALONG WITH OTHER OLD LACOUNTY BARRIOS..PAYASO CANTARANAS SEEKERSIDE WHAT I BANG ALL DAY RIBBIT GANG FROG BLOOD PUMPIN THREW MY VIENS TOO MY BRAIN..