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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. 




 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) 





This c. 1951 photo of the Westerner Inn shows a portion of the exterior of the guest accommodations and the swimming pool. The Westerner Inn was built at 161 Colorado Place in Arcadia, CA, in 1946, on a former cornfield. It was on Route 66, across from the Santa Anita Park Race Track, and the San Gabriel Mountains are visible in the background. The Westerner Inn was sold in 1984.


Photo courtesy of the Arcadia History Collection, Arcadia Public Library. Aug-Sep2018 ID 423.






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