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Social History People Places
- History of Pasadena
Hiram Reid, 1895, Pasadena CA: The History Co., out of print, available in the Pasadena Library.
Contains information about people and the nearby portion of the San Gabriels, especially Rubio Canyon and the Mt. Lowe Railway.
- The Southern Sierras of California
Charles Francis Saunders, 187 pages, 1984, Arcadia CA: The Big Santa Anita Historical Society
Descriptions of hikes and people in the San Gabriels. Originally published in 1923.
- Talking About Pasadena, Selections from Oral Histories
A Community Project of the Junior League of Pasadena, 63 pages, 1986, Pasadena CA: Pasadena Oral History Project, $9.95
"The Arroyo and the Mountains", pages 41 to 47.
- Up and Down California in 1860-1864, the Journal of William H. Brewer
Francis P. Farquhar, 583 pages, 1966, Berkeley and Los Angeles CA: University of California Press, $17.00
Chapter II, "Los Angeles and Environs" and parts of Chapter III, "More of Southern California", pages 9 to 41.
Sarah Noble Ives, 351 pages, c1938, Pasadena, CA: Star-News Pub. Co.
Available from Pasadena Public Library.
- Altadena's Golden Years
Robert H. Peterson, 98 pages, 1976, Alhambra, CA: Sinclair Print. & Litho
More than 250 photographs of the community's early landmarks, events, and people and all canyons such as Arroyo Seco, Punchbowl (now Saucer Branch), and Eaton. Available from Pasadena Public Library.
- The Heritage of the Big Santa Anita
Glen Owens, 105 pages, 1981, Pasadena, CA: Big Santa Anita Historical Society.
- Mt. Lowe - The Railway in the Clouds
Charles Seims, 234 pages, 1976, San Marino CA: Golden West Books, $27.95
Beautiful pictures and complete history of the Mt. Lowe Railway.
- See also:
- Historic Mount Lowe: A Hiker's Guide to the Mount Lowe Railway under Recreation--Hiking.
- Pasadena History under Social History - People
- Sagebrush and Cappuccino, Confessions of an LA Naturalist
David Wicinas, 218 pages, 1995, San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, $13.00
"Face the Wind", pages 21 to 33, the author decides to climb to "...the point where the Santa Anas are the fiercest...the 5,074-foot summit of Mount Lukens, the highest spot in the city of Los Angeles", and "The Dark Constable", pages 164 to 176, after an earthquake, the author visits the San Andreas rift zone near Jackson Lake and Pinyon Ridge.
- The San Gabriels - The Mountain Country from Soledad Canyon to Lytle Creek
John W. Robinson, 312 pages, 1991, Arcadia CA: Big Santa Anita Historical Society
From the back flap of the book jacket: "John Robinson is the author of .. several histories, including ...Mines of the San Gabriels and the Mount Wilson Story. The San Gabriels is a combination of the two previous histories of the range, and much more."
- The San Gabriels: Southern California Mountain Country
John W. Robinson, 1977, San Marino CA: Golden West Books.
- The San Gabriels II: The Mountains from Monrovia Canyon to Lytle Creek
John W. Robinson, 1983, Arcadia CA: Big Santa Anita Historical Society.
- Scenes on the line of the Pasadena Mountain Railway and from orange groves to snow
George Wharton James, 32 pages, 1893, Pasadena, CA: Pasadena Mountain Railway
Chiefly illustrations. Available from Pasadena Public Library.
- Scenic Mount Lowe and Its Wonderful Railway
George Wharton James, 126 pages, 1905, Los Angeles: Pacific Electric Railway
Available at Los Angeles Public Library
- Scenic Mount Lowe
Will H. Thrall, 12 pages, typewritten
Available from Pasadena Public Library.
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