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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Pasadena, California

 
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Location of Pasadena, California
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1California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — 1909 SeagravePasadena Fire Department
Year & model: 1909 Seagrave buckboard-type fire apparatus; placed in service on September 23, 1909. Original cost: $14,950, restored in 1966 for $3,600. Most of the work was done by firefighters. Motor power: 45 horsepower 6-cylinder . . . Map (db m162120) HM
2California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — 1942 Rose Bowl
The 1942 Rose Bowl was the 28th Rose Bowl Game. Originally scheduled to be played in the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, it was moved to Durham, North Carolina, due to the fears of an attack on the West Coast of the United States . . . Map (db m128107) HM
3California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Aerojet Engineering Corporation First PlantAIAA Historic Aerospace Site
On this site in 1942, the Aerojet Engineering Company founded the first manufacturing facility for the production of rocket propulsion systems. This was done under the leadership of Aerojet's first president, Dr. Theodore von Kármán, . . . Map (db m151793) HM
4California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Ambassador Auditoriumand Reflecting Pool
Ambassador Auditorium, the final and most elaborate structure of the building program begun in 1964 by Ambassador College (see nearby marker) opened with an inaugural concert on April 7, 1974. Designed by the architectural firm of Daniel, Mann, . . . Map (db m151823) HM
5California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — An Unforgettable Day1999 U.S. Women’s World Cup Team
On July 10, 1999, the U.S. women’s soccer team secured a win for the ages at the Rose Bowl. On a sweltering day before a sellout crowd of 90,185 — the largest ever to watch a women’s-only event — the U.S. posted a 5-4 shootout . . . Map (db m136525) HM
6California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Baker Alley
Named for John Hamilton Baker, one of four advance men sent west to select a site for the Indiana Colony in 1873 and one of the twenty-seven original settlers in Pasadena. His house, at the southwest corner of Fair Oaks Avenue and . . . Map (db m161853) HM
7California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Beckman pH MeterNational Historic Chemical Landmark - 1934
Arnold O. Beckman developed the first commercially successful electronic pH meter while a member of the faculty of the California Institute of Technology. This rugged and portable “acidimeter,” which had all necessary components . . . Map (db m124162) HM
8California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Benjamin Davis WilsonDon Benito
To the memory of Benjamin Davis Wilson, Don Benito, 1811 – 1878, pioneer trapper and settler who came to California in 1841, and in 1864 blazed the trail up this mountain which bears his name.Map (db m123037) HM
9California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Bonham Alley
Named for Perry P. Bonham, a plumber who occupied 45 West Colorado Boulevard in the Hugus and Bonham Block. Today, the late nineteenth-century masonry buildings are grouped behind a two-story Spanish Colonial facade. Bonham served as a police . . . Map (db m151953) HM
10California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Brainard Alley
Named for J.C. Brainard who was a partner in the development of Prospect Park, one of Pasadena's first prestigious residential subdivisions. He was the first President of the Pasadena Board of Realtors (1908) and was an officer of the Home Telephone . . . Map (db m72644) HM
11California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Braley Building
Built in 1906 for Edgar R. Braley, an influential figure in early Pasadena. Braley was a well respected businessman who also served as a park, fire, and police commissioner. The Braley Building at 35 South Raymond Avenue was the former site of two . . . Map (db m71231) HM
12California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Castle Green
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.Map (db m152692) HM
13California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Christensen Alley
Named for the family that founded the Penn Oil and Supply Company in 1903, the First Independent Firestone and Union Oil Dealership on the West Coast. In the early 1930s, G.C. Christensen opened the largest and most modern automotive service . . . Map (db m151952) HM
14California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Claypool-Fowler Mansionand Fowler Gardens
In 1895, banker, hotelier, railroad builder and real estate developer Edward Fay Claypool (1832-1911) of Indianapolis built what was described as "a magnificent Moorish structure.” In 1901, the home was sold to millionaire Eldridge M. . . . Map (db m151946) HM
15California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Colorado Street BridgeHistoric Civil Engineering Landmark
Waddell & Harrington of Kansas City, Missouri, designed the Colorado Street Bridge in 1912. J.D.Mercereau Construction of Los Angeles was the contractor. Dedicated and opened to traffic on December 13, 1913. Designated as a Historic Civil . . . Map (db m161949) HM
16California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Edwin Alley
Named for General Edwin Ward, a major real estate investor and owner of the Ward Block and the Grand Hotel at the southwest corner of Colorado Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue originally named "Grimes Alley" after Charles Grimes whose restaurant and . . . Map (db m151950) HM
17California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Electric Alley
Named for the Pacific Electric Railway Company. The now-vanished Pacific Alley Intersected Electric Alley at mid-block. Owned by Henry E. Huntingon, the Pacific Electric System was the largest electric railway in the world, covering Southern . . . Map (db m72682) HM
18California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Exchange Alley
Named for the "Exchange Block Building" at 13-27 East Colorado Boulevard whose most important business was the Carlton Hotel, a first-class business hotel established in 1886. On the first floor were Harper & Reynolds Hardware Company and Alexander . . . Map (db m71145) HM
19California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Fenyes Estate
Built 1905 Been Placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m74140) HM
20California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — First Salvation Army Meeting
The first meeting of The Salvation Army in Pasadena was held at this site February 2, 1888 Map (db m160753) HM
21California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Former Kendall Automotive Company OfficeNational Register of Historic Places
Constructed in 1923. This building is one of many in Pasadena connected with prominent owner, B.O. Kendall, and served as the office of Kendall Automotive Company. In 1980 Alyce A. Doney acquired the property and built a successful . . . Map (db m160756) HM
22California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Fraser Alley
Named for Dr. J. Carvasso Fraser, Physician for the Raymond Hotel in the 1890s. The Raymond Hotel, perhaps the finest of Pasadena's early grand resort hotels, was located on South Raymond Avenue on Raymond Hill, two miles south of Colorado . . . Map (db m151947) HM
23California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — George Ellery Hale1868-1938
First Director of this Observatory Discoverer of solar magnetism. Founder of the Yerkes, Mount Wilson, and Palomar Observatories, the Astrophysical Journal, the California Institute of Technology, the International Astronomical . . . Map (db m152855) HM
24California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Hale Solar Laboratory
Hale Solar Laboratory has been designated a National Historic Landmark. This property possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America.Map (db m152145) HM
25California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Hameetman Center
For over a century, this site has been home to a series of campus hubs that have provided the Caltech community with a central gathering space. The first such hub was known as the Old Dorm. Built in 1910 as a dormitory for the Throop Polytechnic . . . Map (db m160768) HM
26California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Harvard’s Mount Wilson Station
Station of Harvard College Observatory 1889–1890 Map (db m119706) HM
27California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Hayes Alley
Named for Orrin Henry Hayes, an early Pasadena Hay and Feed Merchant. His father, W.F. Hayes, opened a family grocery store on South Fair Oaks Avenue in 1881, one of the community's earliest business enterprises.Map (db m72678) HM
28California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — History of Ambassador Gardens
The property and landscape surrounding you was historically the territory of the Hahamongna Tribe of Native Americans, who lived in small villages along the banks of the Arroyo Seco. It later became part of the vast lands of the San Gabriel . . . Map (db m151819) HM
29California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Hopkins Alley
Named for Casper T. Hopkins, a major proponent for the establishment of a Public Library in Pasadena. In 1880, he purchased the eighty acre "Olivewood Tract" that fronted Colorado Boulevard between El Molino and Lake Avenues. Hopkins served as . . . Map (db m72685) HM
30California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Invention of the Cheeseburger
On this site in 1924, sixteen year-old Lionel Sternberger first put cheese on a hamburger and served it to a customer, thereby inventing the cheeseburger. The 'Aristocratic Burger' at the Rite Spot is the first instance of a hamburger with cheese . . . Map (db m156407) HM
31California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Iris GardenAlfred Henry Sturtevant
In memory of Alfred Henry Sturtevant, Geneticist and Naturalist, Professor of Biology at the California Institute of Technology from 1928 to 1970. These iris resulted from genetic studies he made between 1952 and 1969.Map (db m124155) HM
32California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Jackie and Mack Robinson
Resided on this site with their family from 1922 to 1946Map (db m160735) HM
33California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Jet Propulsion Laboratory
On October 31, 1936 at a site approximately 400 yards to the southeast, in the Arroyo Seco River Bed, a group of students and co-workers from the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (GALCIT), with the encouragement . . . Map (db m118834) HM
34California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Karman Laboratory of Fluid Dynamics and Jet Propulsion
The lower part of this building was constructed as a hydrodynamics laboratory in 1944 and for 16 years made many distinguished contributions to knowledge in its field. In 1960, Aerojet-General Corporation provided funds for the reconstruction . . . Map (db m160767) HM
35California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Kendall Alley
Named for Bela Otis Kendall, a well-known businessman in Pasadena. During the boom of 1886, he built the B.O. Kendall Company, located at 35 North Raymond Avenue, into a thriving real estate business. Among the noteworthy buildings erected by the . . . Map (db m72675) HM
36California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Legge Alley
Named for Charles Legge, a real estate man who came to Pasadena from Iowa in 1875. He donated land for the community's First Public Library, which was built in Memorial Park in 1887. Legge was a director of the First National Bank of Pasadena . . . Map (db m72642) HM
37California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Lt. Orrin Russell Fox Heliport
Dedicated this twenty-seventh day of October Nineteen Hundred and Fifty by the citizens of the City of Pasadena in honor of the brave members of the United States Air Force living and dead who answer the call of service to God and Country to . . . Map (db m160765) WM
38California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Martin Alley
Named for T.E. Martin who build The Webster Hotel in 1884 at the southwest corner of Colorado Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue. Later called The Grand Hotel, it was the scene of many social events in early Pasadena.Map (db m151948) HM
39California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — McCormick Alley
Named for E.L. McCormick, President of the American Bank & Trust Company from 1907-1910. The American Bank & Trust Company, organized in 1905, was located at the northeast corner of Colorado Street and Broadway at 135 East Colorado Street. A good . . . Map (db m151949) HM
40California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Mercantile Place
This well-named service road ran behind some of the most important retail merchants that fronted Colorado Boulevard from 1887 to the end of the 19th century. Among the retailers in this block were Hertel's Dry Goods, J.W. Woods (The Druggist who . . . Map (db m71234) HM
41California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Mercantile Place
This well-named service road ran behind some of the most important retail merchants that fronted Colorado Boulevard from 1887 to the end of the 19th century. Among the retailers in this block were Hertel's Dry Goods, J.W. Woods (The Druggist who . . . Map (db m151951) HM
42California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Merritt Mansion
Multimillionaire Hulett C. Merritt (1872-1956) began construction of his home at 99 Terrace Drive in 1905. Also known as Villa Merritt Ollivier, the home was designed by architect W.F. Thompson based on interior and exterior drawings supplied . . . Map (db m151944) HM
43California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Michelson Pier on Mount Wilson
On this pier in 1926 Albert Abraham Michelson measured the velocity of light by means of a beam of light transmitted to Mount San Antonio and reflected back to this station Map (db m57274) HM
44California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Miller Alley
Believed to have been named for Lester F. Miller (1840-1922) who came to Pasadena for his health in 1884. He stayed on to develop a successful real estate business that specialized in subdividing home sites, small ranches and orange groves . . . Map (db m160748) HM
45California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Mills Place
Named for Alexander Fraser Mills, a nurseryman who planted a citrus grove on 7 1/2 acres at the northwest corner of Colorado Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue in 1878. Mills Place was originally named "Ward Alley." In 1885, a fire at this site . . . Map (db m151954) HM
46California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Olympic Flagpole
This official Olympic Flagpole was used at Squaw Valley, California in the pageantry ceremonies of the VIII Olympic Winter Games held in February 18 - 28, 1960. Walt Disney, Chairman of Pageantry.Map (db m154852) HM
47California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Original Site of Throop UniversityForerunner of California Institute of Technology
Original Site of Throop University Established on November 2, 1891 Forerunner of California Institute of Technology Map (db m134141) HM
48California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Pacific Alley
Named for the Pacific Electric Railway Company owned by Henry E. Huntington. The Pacific Electric System was the largest Electric Railway in the world, covering southern California with over 1,100 miles of track. By 1906, Pasadena was served by . . . Map (db m72684) HM
49California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — 988 — Pacific Asia Museum
Grace Nicholson, a noted collector and authority on American Indian and Asian Art and artifacts, supervised the design of her combination gallery and museum which was completed in 1929. It has been called an outstanding example of 1920s revival . . . Map (db m59818) HM
50California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Pasadena Central Library
Pasadena Central Library, City of Pasadena Cultural Heritage Landmark. Architects: Myron Hunt & H.C. Chambers, 1927. Pasadena Central Library, built 1927, was given a National Preservation Honor Award by The National Trust for Historic . . . Map (db m152835) HM
51California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Pasadena City Hall1902-1931
In 1902 Pasadena erected their first City Hall on this side, C.H. Brown designed the two story masonry building and the firm of Dawson & Eldridge constructed the building for $36,532. The building was dedicated on November 19, 1902 and remained . . . Map (db m71139) HM
52California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Pasadena City HallHistory & Influences
In 1923, after years without a formal city hall building, the citizens of Pasadena funded construction of a visionary new city hall. "An official building of imposing beauty, massive yet graceful, and suited to a land of flowers and sunshine" is . . . Map (db m145663) HM
53California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Pasadena Founders Monument
This memorial is dedicated in honor of the twenty-seven founders of the City of Pasadena. Near this spot on January 27, 1874 the original purchasers of land in the Rancho San Pasqual met and selected each his choice of lots J. H. Baker · Col. J. . . . Map (db m162023) HM
54California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Pasadena Memorial for Fallen OfficersIn Memorium
To those Pasadena Police Officers and other law enforcement officers killed in pursuit of Peace and Justice in Pasadena "Be just and fear not; let all the ends thou aimest at be thy country’s, thy God’s and truth’s." W. Shakespeare This . . . Map (db m160994) HM
55California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Pasadena Pioneers Bridge
Erected by the California Highway Commission and Division of Highways of the Department of Public Works - named by resolution of the 1953 State Legislature and dedicated to all Pasadena Pioneers Especially the twenty seven who founded this . . . Map (db m161000) HM
56California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — 887 — Pasadena Playhouse
Considered Elmer Grey's outstanding design, the Pasadena Playhouse, an excellent example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, opened on May 18, 1925. The first in America to stage Shakespeare's 37 plays, the Playhouse has provided the theatre . . . Map (db m126948) HM
57California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Pasadena Playhouse College of Theatre Arts
From 1928 to 1969, the College of Theatre Arts was a major adjunct of The Pasadena Playhouse State Theatre. More than 5,000 students attended this world-renowned college, and many went on to long and illustrious careers in all facets of stage, film, . . . Map (db m154592) HM
58California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Pasadena Post OfficeOliver Goodall Post Office
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.Map (db m152762) HM WM
59California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Pasadena Public Library(1890-1927)
The stone memorial on this site represents the only remaining portion of the second Pasadena Public Library, an impressive castle-like structure built in the Romanesque architectural style. Designed by Pasadena architect, Harry Ridgeway, the . . . Map (db m71141) HM
60California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Pasadena Robinson MemorialJackie and Mack Robinson — Bronze Scultpures, 9 ft by 6 ft by 7 ft, 2,700 lbs each —
The Pasadena Robinson Memorial sculptures were created through a community effort spearheaded by the Board of Directors of Pasadena Robinson Memorial and the City of Pasadena. The monumental bronze portraitures of Mack and Jackie Robinson focus on . . . Map (db m71143) HM
61California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Plotkin Alley
Named in 2010 for James Plotkin, the "Unoffical Mayor of Old Pasadena", and a well known businessman and community leader dedicated to the revitalization of Old Pasadena. As a founding member of the Pasadena Central Improvement Association, Plotkin . . . Map (db m72681) HM
62California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Richard H. Chambers United States Court of Appeals BuildingVista del Arroyo Hotel — Circa 1931 —
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. Richard H. Chambers U.S. Court of Appeals Building, c.1931.Map (db m161963) HM
63California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — San Gabriel Mission Dam1821-1822
Built by Joseph Chapman (Jose El Ingles), a woodman from Maine, taken prisoner during a pirate raid near Santa Barbara in 1818. He also helped construct the new Plaza Church in Los Angeles, and in 1819-1820 he built a grist mill at Mission Santa . . . Map (db m144860) HM
64California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Terrace Villa Mansionand Mayfair Mansion
In 1924, Stillman B. Jamieson (1875-1943), a retired judge from Chicago, built the last mansion overlooking Terrace Drive, now known as Terrace Villa. Designed by Pasadena architect Walter C. Folland from design concepts provided by Mr. & Mrs. . . . Map (db m151945) HM
65California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — The 100-Inch Hooker TelescopeMount Wilson Observatory
In 1904, astronomer George Ellery Hale obtained support from the Carnegie Institution of Washington to found the Mount Wilson Solar Observatory. Stellar telescopes were soon added: first the 60-inch, then the 100-inch, when "Solar" was removed . . . Map (db m143305) HM
66California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — The First Known AntiparticleHistoric Physics Site
Near this site, in August 1932, Carl David Anderson photographed the track of a cosmic ray particle in his cloud chamber. He identified this particle as the positron — the first known antiparticle. Historic Physics Site, Register of . . . Map (db m124150) HM
67California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — 871 — The Gamble House
Built in 1908, the David B. Gamble House is a tribute to the genius of architects Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene. Its design represents a unique California lifestyle and is a masterpiece of American craftsmanship. In 1966 it was made . . . Map (db m59811) HM
68California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — The Honorable Barack H. Obama
In Commemoration Former Residence (1980-1981) The Honorable Barack H. Obama 44th President of the United States of America 253 East Glenarm Street Pasadena, California Map (db m160726) HM
69California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — The Union Garage Company
Built in 1907 by H. C. Scales to serve the auto and carriage trade from the Green Raymond and Maryland hotels. The largest facility of its type in the Southwest. Was agent for Packard, Buick, Thomas Stevens Duryea and Baker automobiles. . . . Map (db m160732) HM
70California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Throop Memorial Garden
Left Panel: This was once the site of Throop Hall, named after the founder of Throop University, Amos G. Throop. Throop University was founded in 1891 and became the California Institute of Technology in 1920. Built in 1910, Throop Hall was . . . Map (db m124169) HM
71California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Tournament of Roses History Walk
First Tournament of Roses Dr. Charles Frederick Holder and Dr. Francis F. Rowland, Founders 1890 First Rose Queen Hallie Woods 1905 Completion of Rose Bowl Stadium William L. Leishman 1923 First Telecast of Rose . . . Map (db m161036) HM
72California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Tournament ParkHistorical Site
Official terminus of the first transcontinental airplane flight. Calbraith (Cal) Perry Rodgers took off from Sheepshead Bay New York September 17, 1911, landing here November 5, 1911. Earlier Flights Roy Knabenshue piloted . . . Map (db m164203) HM
73California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Vietnam Veterans MemorialCity of Pasadena
We remember those who gave their lives and those who remain missing. Vernon Brackins * Bruce Brogoitti * James Carter * David Cash * Dale Chamberlain * Michael D'Aiello * Walter Davis * Timothy Duncan * Mark Enari * James Fullerton * Charles . . . Map (db m71146) WM
74California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — William Morris Davis, 1850-1930In Memoriam
A founder of Physiographic Geology Eminent investigator and inspiring teacher Professor in Harvard University 1879-1912 Visiting Professor at California Institute of Technology 1930-1934 Map (db m160999) HM
75California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Worldwide Church of God and Ambassador College
In November 1946, Herbert W. Armstrong (1892-1986) of the Radio Church of God, later called the Worldwide Church of God, signed a lease-option contract for the former Fowler estate at 363 Grove Street. Ambassador College began on October 8, . . . Map (db m151831) HM
 
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