41 Facts About Pasadena


Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, 11 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

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Pasadena is known for hosting the annual Rose Bowl football game and Tournament of Roses Parade.

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Original inhabitants of Pasadena and surrounding areas were members of the Native American Hahamog-na tribe, a branch of the Tongva Nation.

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The oldest transportation route still in existence in Pasadena is the old Tongva foot trail, known as the Gabrielino Trail, that follows the west side of the Rose Bowl and the Arroyo Seco past the Jet Propulsion Laboratory into the San Gabriel Mountains.

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Pasadena was the grandfather of WWII General George S Patton, Jr.

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Popularity of the region drew people from across the country, and Pasadena eventually became a stop on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, which led to an explosion in growth.

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Pasadena was served by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway at the Santa Fe Depot in downtown when the Second District was opened in 1887.

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Pasadena began hosting a large immigrant community, particularly from China, Japan, Philippines, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Italy, Armenia, and India.

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In 1969, the Pasadena Unified School District was desegregated, though the issue would continue to be fought in court for a decade.

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Downtown Pasadena became dangerous in some parts and deserted in others, and incidences of murder and arson skyrocketed.

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Old Pasadena faced destruction as plans for new high-rise developments were drawn up, though they were mostly stopped by increasingly active preservation advocates.

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Pasadena suffered demographically as many residents decamped for the nearby suburbs or the Inland Empire, causing an overall decrease in population.

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Greater Pasadena area is bounded by the Raymond Fault line, the San Rafael Hills, and the San Gabriel Mountains.

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The Arroyo Seco, a major geographic feature and home of the Rose Bowl, flows from headwaters in Pasadena's towering Angeles National Forest greenbelt in the San Gabriel Mountains.

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Pasadena has a Mediterranean climate, with typically hotter summers and slightly cooler winters than nearby coastal areas.

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Legendary Pasadena Playhouse, the State Theater of California, is a member supported theater company that celebrated their centennial season in 2018.

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In 1937, the Pasadena Playhouse established a record as the only theatre in the United States to have staged the entire Shakespearean canon.

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Pasadena Symphony, founded in 1928, offers several concerts a year at the Ambassador Auditorium and the Pasadena Pops plays at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.

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Pasadena is home to a number of art museums and public galleries, including the Norton Simon Museum.

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Famed architects Greene and Greene built several of their Japanese-inspired bungalows in Pasadena, including the Gamble House; the style of the homes in Bungalow Heaven show the effects of their success.

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Orange Grove Boulevard is one of several exclusive residential districts in Pasadena, and has been a home for the rich and famous since the early 20th century.

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Pasadena started a water-gas company, founded the Citizens Bank of Los Angeles, built numerous ice plants, and purchased a Pasadena opera house.

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Pasadena established the Mount Lowe Railway in the mountains above Pasadena and eventually lost his fortune.

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City of Pasadena is home to a professional futsal team, the Pasadena Purple Cows, as seen in Futsal in the United States.

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The city is one of three city members of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, which is a joint powers agency that owns Hollywood Burbank Airport.

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Pasadena created the Pasadena Municipal Light and Power Department in 1906.

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Pasadena City College is a community college founded in 1924 and located on Colorado Boulevard, slightly northeast of Caltech.

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Pasadena Unified School District encompasses 76 square miles and includes Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre.

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Pasadena had a public library before it was incorporated as a city.

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Local television news for Pasadena is produced through this station by the independently operated Crown City News.

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Pasadena has been home to a number of notable radio stations.

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The Pasadena Now is a community news website covering stories in the community since 2004.

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Pasadena Magazine is a magazine published by MMG Publishing with offices located on South Marengo Avenue.

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Pasadena is served by the Los Angeles Metro L Line light rail, which originates at the Atlantic Station in East Los Angeles.

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Pasadena was served by the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Railroad, which in 1906 became the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, at a Santa Fe Depot in downtown when the Second District was opened in 1887.

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Second District and the Pasadena Depot became well known; up to 26 passenger trains went through Pasadena every day.

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Four freeways run through Pasadena, and Pasadena is a control city for all of them.

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Pasadena is currently exploring options on the future of the spur.

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Arroyo Seco Parkway, known as the Pasadena Freeway, was the first freeway in California, connecting Los Angeles with Pasadena alongside the Arroyo Seco and is the primary access to Downtown Los Angeles.

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Intersection of Fair Oaks Avenue and Colorado Boulevard in Old Pasadena is the zero-zero, east-west, north-south postal division of Pasadena.

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Pasadena has six sister cities as noted by Sister Cities International :.

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