Here’s your weekly dose of some Pasadena history thanks to The Pasadena Peninsula by Isabel Shipley Cunningham.
Imagine seeing a monkey or even a bear at Angel's on your way down Mountain Road—in 1928 you may have seen just that.
"When Mountain Road was paved and relocated in 1928, the Angels were forced to buy more land and rebuild," Cunningham wrote. "Their store became a landmark for people traveling to their summer homes.
"The Angel family enjoyed meeting many professional people who stopped at their store on their way to homes on Gibson Island. Children especially looked forward to seeing Mr. Angel's animals, including a monkey and a bear that he later gave to Druid Hill Park.
"Though he had little formal education, he was self-educated and a skilled taxidermist. He had begun to collect coins as a boy and assembled a fine collection later in his life."
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