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Pasadena History: Camp Fun, Angel’s Ice Cream

In 1921, boys coming from Baltimore had to take a train and a ferry to get to a Pasadena camp.

Here’s your weekly dose of some Pasadena history thanks to The Pasadena Peninsula by Isabel Shipley Cunningham.

Many people come from all over for salad, but the grocery store was popular among campers in the 1920s.

“Further evidence of Baltimore’s discovery of the peninsula was the opening of Camp Milbur, originally called Camp Broening, on Cornfield Creek in 1921,” Cunningham wrote.

“To reach the camp in the early days, the boys would travel from Baltimore by train and then ferry across the Magothy on motor launches like the Desdemona or Maid of the Mist. Because the camp aimed to build character through discipline, the boys wore uniforms, marched with a band, took part in military drills, and responded to bugle calls.

“They lived in barracks, exercised under direction every morning, held ranks in the brigade, and worked off demerits received for being late for formation or for meals. While a boy had demerits he had no water privileges, which meant no swimming or boating.

“James Quick, foster son of Captain Burgess and a counselor in later years, recalls a wonderful program at ‘the greatest place ever’…When parents visited on Saturdays, a great treat was to go to Angel’s store where they sat at tables on the side porch and enjoyed ice cream.”

Check back next Wednesday for more Pasadena history. For a complete listing of all Tidbits of History columns, please click here.

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