Society brings Prince Erik to Arcadia

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The Arcadia Historical Society brought royalty back to Arcadia at it's quarterly member program Oct. 23, 2014. City Clerk Gene Glasco played Prince Erik of Denmark in a program written by Society VP Carol Libby and  performed in front of about 60 dinner guests at the one-time home of the Prince on Santa Anita Avenue just north of Live Oak Avenue. Among the guests were Mayor John Wuo, City Council Members Sho Tay and Tom Beck, and former Mayors … [Read more...]

Walk of Champions dedicated Downtown

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Several hundred people turned out for the dedication of the Arcadia Historical Society's Thoroughbred Racing Walk of Champions in Downtown Arcadia on Saturday, Sept. 27. First Avenue was closed north of Huntington Drive for the ceremony that included officials from the City of Arcadia and Santa Anita Park race track as well as Hall of Fame jockeys and relatives of many of the owners, trainers, and others recognized with 67 bronze plaques dotting … [Read more...]

Walk of Champions: Save Date Sept. 27

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Only six weeks left until the big official Arcadia Historical Society and City of Arcadia dedication celebration of the installation of more than 60 bronze plaques on the sidewalks of Downtown Arcadia honoring famous thoroughbred race horses, jockeys, owners, and trainers that had a notable connection to our own Santa Anita Park race track. Save the date of Saturday, Sept, 27, to be part of the Thoroughbred Racing Walk of Champions ceremonies, … [Read more...]

Arcadia Walk of Fame set in stone

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The first two of 67 plaques that will inaugurate the new Throroughbred Racing Walk of Champions have been set in place in the sidewalk on the north side of Huntington Drive between Santa Anita and First Avenues. An official dedication ceremony and gala for the first 67 plaques of the TRWoC created by a committee of the Arcada Historical Society comprised of Beth Costanza, Gail Marshall, and Sandy Snider is scheduled to take place in Downtown … [Read more...]

Baldwins return at Society event

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Arcadia's first two mayors paid a visit to the Woman's Club of Arcadia Thursday, May 29, as part of a member program of the Arcadia Historical Society saluting notable Arcadians as the Arcadia Woman's Club celebrates its Centennial. More than 80 attendees were treated to an introduction of many past Arcadia Mayors, current and past Presidents of the Woman's Club, and current and past Presidents of the Society. Woman's Club Centennial … [Read more...]

Santa Anita Depot in Disney movie

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Disney seems to love using Arcadia for filming scenes in some of its biggest movies. The critically-acclaimed "Saving Mr. Banks" comes out on Blu-ray and DVD March 18 and local Arcada residents will notice a familiar landmark in it. The Santa Anita Depot that sits prominently along Baldwin Avenue on the property of the L.A. County Arboretum appears in one of the flashback scenes starring Colin Farrell as he escorts his young daughter -- … [Read more...]

Iconic sign returns on bridge

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The iconic Arcadia signs that hung over Huntington Drive and Baldwin Avenue in Arcadia for decades in the first half of the 20th century will return on the face of the new bridge being built to carry the Gold Line light rail train over Santa Anita Avenue. The historic signs hung over Baldwin Avenue near Duarte and over Huntington Drive near First Avenue during the 1930s-1950s, the latter sign donated by the Arcadia Chamber (see photo below … [Read more...]

Arcadia orgs welcome visitors

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Before freeways when drivers passed through small towns across the county on two-lane roads and stopped at locally-owned diners, another common sight upon entering a town was a sign featuring the logos of local service clubs like the Rotary, Elks and Lions Clubs. Oftentimes those signs were created by the local Chamber of Commerce, such as the one pictured at right that once welcomed visitors to Arcadia in 1964.   Like many other … [Read more...]