Santa Anita Depot in Disney movie

Colin Farrel in a scene from Saving Mr. Banks shot at the Santa Anita Depot at the L.A. County Arboretum.

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


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


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...]

SRO for Society’s Sanders speech


It was a packed house this afternoon to hear George Sanders discuss his experiences during World War II from age 18 to 22. Sanders, a longtime owner of the former Colonial Pharmacy on Baldwin Avenue, was the featured speaker at the General Meeting of the Arcadia Historical Society at the Association of Arcadia Realtors on First Avenue. Sanders was born in Hungary to an American mother and a Hungarian father. When his father passed away when … [Read more...]

Wells Fargo named Arcadia Biz Icon Sept. 19


Wells Fargo has numerous branches all over Arcadia, but only the branch at 1200 S. Baldwin Ave. features a beautiful and historically fascinating wall mural of Arcadia history. Wells Fargo is being honored by the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce and Arcadia Historical Society on Sept. 19 as an Arcadia Business Icon at the Chamber's monthly Networking Breakfast, sponsored year-round by Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary  at 7:30 a.m. in the … [Read more...]