Arcadia Public Library

20 West Duarte Road
Arcadia, CA 91006

Tel: (626) 821-5567
Fax: (626) 447-8050

Darlene Bradley
Director of Library & Museum Services

Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday
   10 a.m.– 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 
   10 a.m.– 6 p.m.
(Closed Sundays & Holidays)



Arcadia History Room Featured Historical Picture 


Photograph courtesy of the Arcadia Public Library. ID#562. Jun-Jul,2016.

Little Red Schoolhouse

Thirty students and their teacher are shown here by the little red schoolhouse that once stood on the corner of California Street and Santa Anita Avenue, in Arcadia. This structure had been converted out of a vacant saloon. The photograph is dated c. 1907 or 1908.







In our current, slightly disappointing El Niño season, let’s take a look back in time at the effects of heavy rains in the mid-1930s in Arcadia. This historical picture shows Duarte Road near the Baldwin Avenue intersection. There is heavy flooding evident on both streets. Notice McMickens Realty Service located on right side of the photograph and the prominent overhanging “Arcadia welcome sign.” The man wearing a white smock is perhaps on his way to work at the barbershop on the corner. 



If you’re interested in Arcadia’s rich history, visit either the Arcadia History Room at the Arcadia Public Library or the Gilb Museum of Arcadia Heritage. The Arcadia History Room is shown by appointment only. Call 626-821-5569 for an appointment, or 626-574-5440 for more information about the Museum’s collection.