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Petrified Tree. This section weighs five tons and measures 7 1/2 feet in diameter. The original tree, estimated to have been 200 feet tall, was part of a sub-tropical forest 55 to 70 million years ago in what is now Colorado. Scientists believe it…
Home of the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters. The originator was Laguman John Hinchman. The first living pictures were presented in 1933 as The Spirit of the Masters Pageant. The Festival of Arts Association was formed in September, 193…
On this site, May 23, 1971, with a gathering of enthusiasts for personal human flight, began the worldwide sport of Hang Gliding.
First ferry service between
Balboa and Balboa Island
The Pavilion, built in 1905, and this building were prominent features of Balboa Village in 1918. Henry Huntington's Red Car Trolleys ran regular schedules between the Balboa Terminus and points north to Los Angeles.
Today the Pavilion architec…
The site of the 3rd
National Boy Scout Jamboree
held on the Irvine Ranch
July 17-23, 1953
Knott's classic wooden carousel was carved at the turn-of-the-century in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania shop of Gustav A. Dentzel. The young Dentzel had come to America in 1864 after learning the carousel carving trade from his father Michael in t…
This was the first school in the Rivera District, constructed in 1868, and previously located on Shugg Lane, now Slauson Avenue.
Typical of one room schoolhouse of the 1800's is this one from Beloit, Kansas. Built in 1879, it housed 8 classes at a time from the first through the eighth grades. Schools rarely had more than two rooms in those days, due not only to the limited…
For more than half a century, the Pacific Electric Railway served Southern California. The system was established by Henry Huntington in 1895 and linked Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties with over 1,000 miles of service a…