The name Pasadena evoked images of wonder and excitement to millions of Americans living at the turn of the 20th century. At the end of a railroad journey through a thousand miles of desert lay the Crown City of California. Its great hotels were unsurpassed for their elegance and service. Driveways of palatial homes wound down to palm-lined streets filled with carriages and limousines. Pasadena was as close to paradise as America had to offer. Founded in 1874 by a small group of transplanted Indianans, Pasadena began as an agricultural center. But its refreshing climate and unique geography attracted a parade of visionaries and con artists who soon left their mark on the story of a budding city. After completion of the Santa Fe Railway's transcontinental link via Pasadena, the boom of the 1880s brought a rise in property values, and with it grandiose real estate and transportation schemes. Steam railways were built to provide direct rail service to downtown Los Angeles. Then came California's first electric interurban, with local lines replacing horsecar systems, and then Henry E. Huntington united the electric railways of Southern California to form his famous Pacific Electric Railway. Also presented is the story of the city itself, with its great hotels, homes, the Rose Parade, and life in the San Gabriel Valley. More than 350 illustrations, mostly B&W photographs, maps etc. 1982 Golden West. Hardcover with dw. Good condition, shelf wear to dw and corners bumped. 195pp. HR-NKKO-IHLK
Trolley Days In Pasadena (Seims)
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