South Pasadena’s historical Raymond Hotel is only a memory, but Pasadena’s Castle Green reminds us of our region’s whimsical and opulent past. Built in 1898 as annex to the world famous Hotel Green, the Castle Green is a 7-story Moorish delight.
At the turn of the last century, San Gabriel Valley residents and tourists could ride bikes on the Great California Cycleway
— Horace Dobbins’ elevated wooden bike path leading from Hotel Green to just past South Pasadena’s Raymond Hotel. Original plans called for the bike path to meander along the Arroyo, tunneling through the hills of Elysian Park all the way to Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. There were even plans for a Swiss dairy in Highland Park, and a grand casino called Merlemount to be built in South Pasadena’s Lower Arroyo Park. (Learn more about the cycleway here
with history of the freeway that eclipsed bike paths in my previous post here
.) Although the cycleway was never completed (and South Pas never became a gambling mecca) the elevated bike path from Pasadena to South Pas was the place to see and be seen.
But the Castle Green still stands. It’s a beautiful reminder of our region’s history.
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