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History Mystery No. 20

History Mystery No. 20

What’s this and where are we? In this undated photo, presumably shot in the late 1890s, a group on an outing stops at Devil’s Gate. There’s not much more than a puddle of water in the photo. Here’s the same location with much more water, probably shot in winter or spring.     Benjamin Eaton [...]

Mystery History No. 19

Mystery History No. 19

Where are we and what’s happening? In the photo to the right, an unidentified man waves farewell just before dawn on March 23, 1942, after being processed at the Rose Bowl Stadium for residency at the Manzanar internment camp. The stadium, Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia and the Fairplex in Pomona were among the processing centers and [...]

Mystery History No. 18

Mystery History No. 18

What’s happening here? With apologies for the morbidity, in the photo to the right, City of Pasadena public safety personnel look over the rubble left behind after a grandstand collapsed during the Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 1926. Eight spectators died. It was a terrible tragedy that, thanks to resulting regulations for careful construction and inspection [...]

City Hall Historic Photos

City Hall Historic Photos

I think this must have been shot from the top of All Saints. That’s the St. Andrew’s Church tower in the background, mid-right. I’m not sure what the church is on the far right. Maybe Pasadena Congregational at the southeast corner of Los Robles and Walnut? Anybody have a better guess? No hard hats, no [...]

Mystery History No. 17: Apropos This Week

Mystery History No. 17: Apropos This Week

In this photo, ground is being excavated in 1923 for a new swimming pool — called a “plunge” — at Brookside Park to replace the original. In 1912 the City of Pasadena purchased 30 acres of land known as Sheep Corral Springs for the development of a park in the Arroyo Seco. For many years [...]

Her Parlor Boys, Salty Suites, and Tumbleweed

Her Parlor Boys, Salty Suites, and Tumbleweed

You don’t have to be a senior citizen to attend free, family-friendly concerts this summer at Pasadena’s Memorial Park bandshell every Tuesday evening, 6-7 p.m., sponsored by the Pasadena Senior Center. * July 2 – Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys offer a nostalgic musical journey back to the 1900 to 1930 era. * July [...]

History Mystery No. 16

History Mystery No. 16

Where are we? And what’s happening? This photo was one of many taken to document the installation of new traffic signals in downtown Pasadena. Unfortunately the year and specific intersection are not identified. Here’s the best guess as to the date, according to Pasadena Public Library research staff: This photo was taken for the Pasadena [...]

Mystery History No. 15

Mystery History No. 15

Where are we? And what’s happening? In this 1986 photo, children climb the Ant Wall at the original location of Kidspace Children’s Museum inside the McKinley School gymnasium where they were located for 20 years. In a move that was somewhat controversial at the time, Kidspace relocated in 2004 to the former Fannie E. Morrison Horticultural Center, which they spent five years [...]

Mystery History No. 13

Mystery History No. 13

Where are we? And what’s happening? In this 1915 photo, Charlie Murray, Vivian Edwards, and cast stand in front of the Old Mill at Pasadena’s Busch Gardens in the Arroyo Seco for a scene in the film Hogan’s Aristocratic Dream. The Old Mill still stands, although it is now on private property. Mack Sennett brought [...]

Mystery History No. 12

Mystery History No. 12

What is this? Where are we? In this 1910 photo, a float passes by during the Shriners Electric Parade, which took place in Pasadena that year because the annual Shriners National Conclave was here. Other years, it was everywhere from New York to L.A. Thousands of incandescent bulbs were used to outline the designs of [...]

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