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Blog: How do YOU pronounce Chesebro (the road in Agoura Hills) Road?

The street is Chesebro, the park is Cheseboro National Park. The location is Cheeseboro Canyon. Why so many names, and where did they all come from?!

How do you pronounce "Chesebro" as in Chesebro Rd. Agoura Hills, and Cheeseboro, as in Cheeseboro National Park or Cheseborough Canyon, where the park is located?

Do you think it should be pronounced chez-bro (long 'o'), or Cheese-bro as in the cheese mice like to eat?

I am researching the origin of the name of our local street in Agoura Hills.  There is often confusion about the name of the street Chesebro, which differs from the name of the park at the end of the road:  Cheseboro National Park which is located in Cheeseboro Canyon. Why so many names, and where did they all come from?!?!

If I'm not mistaken, the name of the street came from George Chesebro, the director, actor, producer in the early 1920's. The National Park was dedicated by Bob Hope. Maybe Hope was chums with George Chesebro?
George Chesebro was perhaps a decendent from the William Chesebrough, with many variations on the name as the family made their pilgrimage to the United States.
"William (Cheesbrough) Chesebrough, the first settler of English lineage in the town of Stonington, Connecticut, was born in England in the year of our Lord, 1594".

If anyone has any information about the origin of the pronoun Chesebro, please enlighten us Agourans. In the meantime, please take the survey: http://apps.facebook.com/my-surveys/g4v7m2

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John November 14, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Personally I can't stand it when someone calls Agoura as "Agura". I know that same say it is the proper pronunciation of the name but is that true? I certainly do not "pur" myself some milk lol.
John November 14, 2012 at 06:15 PM
**that some say it is the proper pronunciation
Phil Ramuno November 16, 2012 at 12:18 AM
I had written an essay some years ago speculating that since leading silent screen actress Laura LaPlante was an invited guest at the Colodny brothers ground breaking for the original lots, that George Chesebro might have also been here. Tthe easternmost cross street north of Agoura Road was named for her that day and it faced one that might have been named for him. He originally came from Minnesota, so I do't know if he had English forbearance.
Patrick Gilmore February 23, 2013 at 11:52 PM
The park is named for western star George Chesebro. His name was often misspelled in film credits, a tradition carried on with varied spelling in streets and canyons in the area. In the 1950 Republic film, Trail of Robin Hood, he appeared as himself, and introduced himself as "George CHEESE bro."
Harry April 24, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Phil: please contact me at hmedved@fandango.com, as I'd like to see your Laura la Plante essay...best, Harry Medved

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