Quiet tree-lined streets, historic California Craftsman-style homes, unique small businesses and great public schools, these are just a few of the appealing qualities of South Pasadena. Located just minutes from downtown Los Angeles, it’s small town atmosphere makes South Pasadena a lovely place to call home. Many of the floats for the Rose Parade are produced in South Pasadena.
The original inhabitants of South Pasadena and surrounding areas were members of the Native American Hahamog-na tribe, a branch of the Tongva Nation. The area’s close proximation to the Arroyo Seco allowed travelers and missionaries to travel and trade between the foothills and the coast. The San Gabriel Mission was founded a few miles west.
The city of South Pasadena was incorporated on March 2nd, 1888, with a population slightly over 500, becoming the sixth municipality in Los Angeles County. The Pacific Electric Short Line provided easy access to greater Los Angeles and South Pasadena became a one of the first suburbs of Los Angeles.
The Arroyo Seco (canyon, stream, and cultural landscape) offers a diverse range of experiences for walkers and more experienced hikers. The stream traverses through Pasadena, South Pasadena and Northeast Los Angeles to the confluence with the Los Angeles River near Elysian Park, Chinatown and downtown Los Angeles.