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Arcadia History Room Featured Historical Pictures

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.

All images courtesy of the Arcadia History Collection, Arcadia Public Library, unless otherwise noted. 


Pony Express Museum



W. Parker Lyon's Pony Express Museum is long gone from the land where Le Meridien Hotel is going up now, in 2019, but the museum, which opened March 31, 1935, was a huge attraction that rivaled Santa Anita Park, across the street. After Lyon died in 1949, his son kept the museum open for a few years, then closed its doors in 1953 or 1954. By 1955, much of the collection had been sold to Harrah’s. The Pony Express Museum specialized in Old West relics. Shown here is one room of the museum that exhibited horse harnesses, horseshoes, and spurs, with women’s dresses in the display cases, and a kerosene lamp atop, c. 1940s.

The museum’s address was 130 W. Huntington Drive. The Flamingo Ramada Hotel and Santa Anita Inn have also occupied this address.

 ID 461(Apr-May2019)






 It was the Summer of Love in 1967 and young hippies were drawn to Arcadia for a love-in at Arcadia County Park, where they could openly express their ideals of love and unity.  A newspaper account of the event said it attracted young people from as far north as Santa Barbara and as far south as San Diego.  The young people in the foreground begin a dance in a circle. ID 1016 (Feb-Mar2019).




On the Air 1940 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade float Monrovia Arcadia Vroman's Bookstore 


"On the Air" was the theme of a combined Arcadia-Monrovia float entry in the 1940 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. The float featured a floral radio.  An arched banner emphasized the longstanding good and neighborly relationship between Arcadia and Monrovia. Notice Vroman’s, now Southern California’s oldest and largest independent bookstore, in the background.

 Happy holidays!  ID 1291 (dec2018-jan2019)



 Arcadia High School Apache Marching Band Eisenhower Inauguration Parade 1957



To celebrate Dwight D. Eisenhower’s second term in office, Arcadia High School’s Apache Marching Band proudly participated in the splendor and spectacle of the Presidential Inaugural Parade along Pennsylvania Avenue, in 1957. Vice President Richard Nixon, having met with the Apache Band, dubbed the group “Ambassadors of Arcadia.” The marching band was under the direction of Mr. Ray Bowman. The Capitol’s dome is seen in the background. Photo courtesy of the Arcadia History Collection, Arcadia Public Library.

(Oct-Nov 2018. ID#1107) 



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