Census figures for South Pasadena in 1910 show a population of 4,659. And on July 4, 1912, nearly the entire city’s population turned out for an epic picnic celebration that wasn’t matched again for another 70 years!
According to Jane Apostol in her book South Pasadena Centennial History, residents enjoyed a free barbecue under the oaks and eucalyptus trees at Garfield Park. The entertainment featured a Shakespearean drama and the Pantages vaudeville act of Leon Morris and his wrestling ponies. The musical program ranging from Handel and Hayden to and the newly formed “Inter-City Quick Step.”
Newspaper headlines boasted that 4,000 people attended the picnic extravaganza and “at least 3,999 were satisfied.”
Throwback Thursday is written and produced by Rick Thomas