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Pasadena History: Waterfront Hangout Spots

In the early 1900s, you could pitch a tent on the waterfront and fish for the weekend.

Here is your weekly dose of some Pasadena history thanks to The Pasadena Peninsula by Isabel Shipley Cunningham:

“At what is now Green Haven, Charles M. Christian formed the Outing Park Development Company and began to sell small lots at a reasonable price in 1915,” Cunningham wrote. “The son of a doctor, he believed that a family with modest income should be able to live near the waterfront.

“His enticing ads about ‘the pride possession’ and ‘the joys of living’ that would result from ownership led families to buy lots at Outing Park where they could pitch a tent and spend the weekend fishing and swimming.

“With Steven J. Everd as sales manager and builder, Christian advertised 25-by-100-foot lots at $30 to $50 each ‘with terms to suit any buyer.’ Every lot owner had success to the reserved waterfront ‘far away from the noise, smoke, and cares of the city.'”

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