Pasadena History: Paving Mountain Road
Can you imagine Pasadena without Mountain Road? The paving process began in the 1920s.
Here’s your weekly dose of some Pasadena history thanks to The Pasadena Peninsula by Isabel Shipley Cunningham.
Imagine not being able to pass a car turning on Mountain Road? It would cause a lot of traffic problems. In the 1920's the heavily traveled Pasadena road didn't have any passing lanes.
"The paving of Mountain Road, a major advance, was a project done in four segments, first as far as Solley Road, then Klug's Store, then to the Schmidt farm, and finally Gibson Island in 1928," Cunningham wrote.
"The road was wide enough for two cars to pass, but had no shoulders. Workmen used shovels and hoes to pack earth along the raised edges of the paving. Secondary roads remained unpaved, dusty or muddy, according to the season."
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