The Arroyo Seco

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Arcadia Publishing, 2008 - History - 127 pages
The Arroyo Seco, Spanish for "dry wash," drains the southwestern San Gabriel Mountains and flows through Pasadena to its confluence with the Los Angeles River. The arroyo's banks became a transportation corridor of trails, railroads, and highways and an enclave for industrialists and artists. For more than a century, its very name evoking more than a stream, it has been a Los Angeles County region overlaying municipalities, eras, and cultures. Eight museums are located in or around the arroyo. Famous attractions included Busch Gardens and Cawston Ostrich Farm, as well as a real-life field of dreams, Jackie Robinson Stadium, and the granddaddy sporting field of them all, the Rose Bowl. The nearby Jet Propulsion Laboratory's storied principals used this wide dry wash to launch the forerunners of space probes.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
6
Introduction
7
A Cultural Icon
9
The Meeting Place
27
Planes Trains and Automobiles
35
The Power of Passion
55
A Magnificent Crossing
65
Field of Dreams
77
Granddaddy of Them All
91
Trailblazing to the Stars
107
The San Gabriels
115
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About the author (2008)

Author Rick Thomas, who also wrote Images of America: South Pasadena and South Pasadena's Ostrich Farm, lives less than a mile from the Arroyo Seco and is a frequent speaker on regional history. Thomas arranged these wonderful vintage images from his own collection, the archives of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and South Pasadena Public Libraries, and the Pasadena Museum of History.

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