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Once occupied by the Hahamogna Tribe of Indians, Pasadena is now known for the Tournament of Roses, the Rose Bowl, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the California Institute of Technology.

A Little History About Pasadena California 

The tribe lived in small villages along the Arroyo Seco and the canyons from the mountains down to the South Pasadena area. In 1771, when the Spaniards arrived, the tribe was forced to convert and labor for the mission. 

In 1873 a group of about 100 people, left Indiana because of the harsh winters, seeking a more moderate climate. Among these was Dr. Thomas Elliot. In a short period of time, the group was able to purchase almost 4,000 acres of the San Pascual Ranch. Next came Calvin Fletcher, who has given the city it's reputation for beauty. The land was used more as an agricultural community more so than business. In 1882, the Pasadena Public Library was founded and completed in 1884.

1883 was really when the commercial district began to develope new Fair Oaks and Colorado. In 1886, the railroad to connect Pasadena and Los Angeles, was built. This enabled the town to become more of a winter resort where travelers where coming as far as Boston.

Pasadena was finally incorporated in 1886 and within the next 10 years eclectic street lights, paved streets and a working sewer system became the norm.

The Tournament of Roses was originated in 1890 and hosted by the Valley Hunt club. This became a yearly tradition and is held on New Year's Day. The occasion included house sized floats covered in live and dried flowers, and flower beckoned horses and carriages. In 1898, the Tournament of Roses officially became sponsored by the Tournament of Roses Association. In 1902, the people decided to extend the festivities to include a game... FOOTBALL. The football games were not much of a success, so they changed the event to Roman-style chariot races until 1916, when the football returned. With the increasing crowds every year, the need for a stadium was at hand. Architect Myron Hunt and builder William Taylor made plans for a stadium (The Rose Bowl) in Pasadena's Arroyo Seco area. The original stadium sat 57,000 people. As the games grew even more popular, so did the stadium. In 1928 the seating increased to 76,000. Today, the Rose Bowl seats approximately 100,000 and is one of Pasadena's most recognizable sights. The two events, Tournament of Roses and the football game (The Rose Bowl) draws about 1 million spectators in addition to the 100 million Americans that watch the Parade every year.

As the years went by and more and more development was done, the residential demand for neighborhoods and suburbs took over.

Pasadena evolved into a center for industrial research and light manufacture of scientific and electronic precision instruments. By 1954 there were 394 industrial establishments in Pasadena.

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Cultural Aspects of Pasadena 

The original Pasadena Community Playhouse was incorporated in 1917 and moved to the new Pasadena Playhouse in 1925. The same year the playhouse moved, a telescope was installed atop Mt. Wilson under the direction of Dr. George Ellery Hale.

Once the Grace Nicholson Gallery (which later became the Pasadena Art Institute in 1943) is now the Pacific Asia Museum, was completed in 1926.

The Norton Simon Museum of Art at Pasadena holds one of the world's finest and most prestigious collections of art. Reflecting the extraordinary effort and vision of its founder and focuses on Human Civilization, the visual arts, and the nobility of individual accomplishment.

The Pasadena Civic Symphony Orchestra and Civic Chorus was founded in 1929 by Tuesday Musicale. Pasadena also had a Shakespeare Club and a Grand Opera House (never very successful) and numerous civic and cultural organizations.

Pasadena's Neighborhoods 

Pasadena is known for beautiful homes and beautiful neighborhoods. The architecture of many of the homes in the city is of such historical styles as Spanish Colonial Revival and Craftsman Bungalow. Pasadena is now in its fourth decade of citywide planning and development to balance commercial growth with housing opportunities to achieve the goal of a better quality of life and a stronger economy.



What kind of weather does Pasadena have? Pasadena boasts an average daytime temperature of 76 degrees Fahrenheit, enabling visitors to enjoy the city´s rich cultural heritage 365 days a year.


Education and Libraries in Pasadena California The cultural and educational side of the city was by no means neglected. Both the public and private sector expanded. Throop University, or Throop Polytechnic Institute, was founded in 1891. This university is now known as the California Institute of Technology.

The Pasadena City Junior College was opened in 1912, with a new campus, displacing the old Grant School and a citrus orchard.

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory was established by the California Institute of Technology in the 1930s.




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