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Mystery History No. 32

Nov 9, 2014

--MH--Where are we?

What’s happening?

In the 1923 photo, right, a couple looks at a brand new car that would be raffled off for 50¢ a ticket during a Pasadena Elks Lodge carnival at the then-vast Tournament Park.

I don’t know the make or model of the car.

Anybody?

The carnival included rides, a sideshow…

 

1923 Consul the Wonder

 

Sideshow

 

…a trained chimp named Consul the Wonder…

 

chimp

 

…bathing beauties…

 

Bathing-Beauties

 

…and pony cart rides.

 

Pony-Cart

 

Tournament Park was simply called the Town Lot until the City of Pasadena changed the name in 1900 in commemoration of Tournament of Roses activities that took place there until the Rose Bowl Stadium opened in 1922.

Those New Year’s Day activities, attended by thousands, included the famous chariot races…

 

Chariots

 

…college football (this is the 1902 Michigan vs. Stanford game)…

 

Football

 

…and the parade (this one was in 1893).

 

Parade

 

The park was donated a few years later to Caltech by the City of Pasadena. Caltech soon expanded its campus south, across the street on California Boulevard, to include a track stadium, baseball stadium and more, which gobbled up most of the acreage at Tournament Park. It is now a small neighborhood park.

Back to that carnival that started this post, here is the iconic Elks Lodge on Colorado Boulevard  in 1936…

 

Elks-Lodge-1936

 

…and in recent times.

 

Elks

 

Photo credits: Pasadena Public Library, Huntington Library, Chris and Kevin.

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Ann Erdman is happily retired after decades of loyal service to the City of Pasadena as Public Information Officer. Her blog may be found at AnnErdman.blogspot.com.

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