“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Azusa in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Wilcox
1. Crystal Lake Marker
Inscription.  Known to the Mission Padres, Crystal Lake is the only natural lake in the San Gabriel Mountains. R.W. Dawson visited the lake in 1876, and later built a cabin nearby. Pasadena Judge Benjamin Eaton wrote in 1887 that "The water is clear as a crystal and our party found it good to drink."

In 1887 Dawson sold out to the Crystal Lake Irrigation Power Co., but insufficient water doomed the company plans. Los Angeles acquired the area in 1928, opened the campground in 1932, and transferred it to the U.S. Forest Service in 1943.
Erected 1988 by Platrix Chapter 2, E Clampus Vitus.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural FeaturesWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1876.
Location. 34° 19.45′ N, 117° 50.1′ W. Marker is near Azusa, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from 511 1/2 El Centro Street. Plaque located at Crystal Lake in Angeles National Forest, 25 Miles north of Azusa, off State
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Route 39. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Azusa CA 91702, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Devil's Punchbowl (approx. 6.3 miles away); West Fork Ranger Station (approx. 9.8 miles away); Rubel Castle (approx. 12.1 miles away); Glendora Bougainvillea (approx. 12.8 miles away); Glendora City Hall (approx. 12.9 miles away); Pacific Electric Station (approx. 13 miles away); Fairmount Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 13.1 miles away); Glenn Miller (approx. 13.4 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 27, 2021. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on April 27, 2021. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. A readable photo of the marker. • Wide area view of the marker and its surroundings. • View of the lake. • Can you help?

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May. 12, 2021