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

Crescenta Valley Park

German-American History

Crescenta Valley Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, May 13, 2019
1. Crescenta Valley Park Marker
Inscription.  Between 1934 and 1957, most of this area in Crescenta Valley Community Regional Park, west of Dunsmore Avenue and south of Honolulu Avenue, was a private park owned by the German-American League. The private park, named Hindenburg Park in memorial of former German President Paul Von Hindenburg, was a center for German culture. In 1939, due to growing anti-German sentiment during World War II, the League changed the name of their park to La Crescenta Picnic Grounds.

During the years of private operation, the grounds held hundreds of elaborate German cultural celebrations, featuring bands, plays, dances, and parades, with literally thousands of participants each weekend. These festivities included weddings, church services, Easter celebrations, Mayfest, and Oktoberfest. A kitchen at the park, along with food and beverage vendors provided traditional German fare for every occasion. Although the private park was used for many joyful celebrations, it was also used for more controversial activities.

In the years before World War II, the park was also sometimes used for the promotion of Nazi beliefs through political rallies and
Crescenta Valley Park and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, May 13, 2019
2. Crescenta Valley Park and Marker
the Sutter Youth Camp. At this and similar summer camps in other states, American youngsters were taught physical fitness but were also indoctrinated into theories of Aryan superiority. "Aryan superiority" was part of Adolf Hitler's racist ideology. It led to persecution and murder of European Jews and any other group or individual who opposed Hitler's Third Reich regime. As Hitler and the Nazi Party rose to power in Germany, supporters of Hitler at times paraded in this park. However, once the U.S. entered the war against Nazi Germany in 1941, many patriotic German-Americans joined the U.S. armed forces to fight Nazism.

Although the events of the 20th century may seem distant, there continues to be a need to guard against all forms of hatred, racism, and totalitarian ideologies of all types. The American ideals of justice and equal opportunity still require our vigilant support.

In 1957 the private park land was purchased by the County of Los Angeles and folded into the larger neighboring Crescenta Valley Community Regional Park to the east.
Erected by Los Angeles County Parks.
Location. 34° 13.479′ N, 118° 15.501′ W. Marker is in La Crescenta, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Dunsmore Avenue
Map on Marker image. Click for full size.
Historical Society of Crescenta Valley
3. Map on Marker
Former layout of the private park in red, modern County facilities in black.
south of Honolulu Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located south of the storm channel. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3901 Dunsmore Ave, La Crescenta CA 91214, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tuna Canyon Detention Station (approx. 0.9 miles away); Sister Elsie’s Well (approx. 1.9 miles away); Bolton Hall (approx. 2.6 miles away); McGroarty Home (approx. 2.9 miles away); Descanso Gardens (approx. 3 miles away); Doctors House (approx. 3 miles away); Miss American Green Cross (approx. 3.1 miles away); El Miradero (approx. 3.1 miles away).
Categories. Parks & Recreational AreasWar, World II
Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By & Deutsch-Amerikanischer Verband
4. Photo on Marker
A performance of the musical comedy Im WeiBen Rössl (White Horse Inn) at the park, early 1950's.
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 15, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 15, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 15, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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