South Pasadena’s old streams
June 23, 2009 § 6 Comments
I got an email a few weeks (really, over a month) ago and unfortunately lost it. So today’s post is dedicated to I think his name was Chris, who I wanted to reply to about Pasadena’s creeks. Alas “Chris”, I’m focusing on South Pasadena’s creeks, but I promise to follow up with something more focused on Pasadena. I don’t actually know a whole lot about them, but above is a map from 1900 that shows some perennial streams, that appear to infiltrate into the ground, leaving sandy washes downstream. One was called Mill Creek, I think the other may have been Mission Creek, which flowed right by the old San Gabriel Mission. Part of Old Mill Creek Road runs past the creek, which current aerial photos suggest is still present in part (I’ve not done the ground-truthing on this). Most of you have probably heard of Kewen or Wilson Lake, which was filled in and was located where Lacy Park in San Marino is (I’ve also heard that the path marks the outline of the lake).
If you feel like doing the ground-truthing yourself, here’s a map with streets overlaid. Have fun! And feel free to post your findings!