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Pasadena History: Locals Find Fun During Great Depression

During the Great Depression area residents made the best of things thanks to low price waterfront resorts.

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

During the Great Depression, area residents learned to make the best of what they had. They enjoyed days near the water, softball games and fresh fruit.

"Despite hard times, during the Great Depression people enjoyed many inexpensive pleasures. For an admission fee of 25 cents each, a family could go to a waterfront resort with a picnic lunch, claim a table under the shade of trees and spend the whole day on the wide beach," Cunningham wrote.

"Softball games between Pinehurst and Milbur, a regular Sunday event at the boys' camp drew large crowds. Most communities supported active Boy and Girl Scout programs. In the village of Pasadena, Henry Benton founded Boy Scout Troop 346 in 1939.

"For many people in the community, strawberry festivals, crab feasts, and oyster roasts added zest to life. In cold weather, men hunted quail and shot ducks, while young people looked forward to skating parties on Cook's Pond near the end of Mountain Road or on Oakley's Pond on Pasadena Road near the school.

"No one had much money to spend during the thirties, but people were not unhappy."

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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