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The Eastern Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers was established in 1866 in Togus, Maine. There was a Northwestern Branch, a Central Branch, and a Southern Branch. The Board of Managers built other branches in Kansas, Indiana and elsewhere laying the ground work for the modern system of VA hospitals. Recognizing that disabled veterans from World War I had vastly different medical needs than aging soldiers from the Civil War, President Herbert Hoover signed Executive Order 5398 (July 21, 1930) creating the Veterans Administration.
The newly created Veterans' Administration took over the operation of the National Home branches. The Pacific Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers was opened in 1888. "In 1887, Congress authorized $150,000 to establish the Pacific Branch. Senator [John] Jones and his partner Col. [Arcadia B. de] Baker deeded 640 acres to the government to use for the Branch." It was a city unto itself in the suburbs of Los Angeles in a community called Sawtelle.
The National Park Service has these resources available online https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/veterans_affairs/History.html
We have an article in Prologue that might help, too: Selected Articles .
We've got records in our catalog related to the site in Record Group 15 - Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs 1773-2007. https://catalog.archives.gov/id/10486234 Nothing jumps out that appears to contain a deed though.
Los Angeles County property assessor has the property listed as parcel 4365-008-904. It shows that it is 250 acres. The contact information for the Los Angeles County Assessor is
500 W. Temple Street, Room 180
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone (213) 974-3108
Toll Free 1 (888) 807-2111
M-F 7:30-5:00pm (PST)
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I just wanted to add on a little bit to Kelly's wonderful response to your question.
If you want a copy of the actual grant deed, you will need to mail a request or visit the Los Angeles County Recorder's Office in Norwalk, CA. You can't contact them by phone (they just don't have the staff to handle it). But you can go in person and visit the archive room (or the dungeon as I like to call it), or submit a request for the deed by mail if you aren't local to Los Angeles.
If you go in person, the hours are 8 am to 5 pm M-F. I recommend going early, as it is less crowded. The earliest property records go back to 1850 and they are located in the basement. You just go down one floor in the elevator and follow the signs. The guys at the counter are very helpful. You just need the year the deed was recorded and either the grantor or grantee's party name so they can look it up in the index books. And it sounds like you have that, so you should be good.
Here is a link to the County website that will explain more about access to the records by mail, copy costs, etc.