Today, the 1927 War Memorial Flagpole stands at a pocket park on the northeast corner of Colorado and Orange Grove. Barely noticeable today as motorists zoom by or sit at the broad intersection waiting for the light to change.
Back in the day, however, motorists couldn’t help but notice the towering flagpole; designed as the grand centerpiece of a traffic circle (about 50 feet from where it stands today).
When time permits, notice the memorial as you pass and perhaps say a prayer for the honored dead. Over 100 years ago, the Great War (1914-1918) ended but was not “the war to end all wars” the world had anticipated.
War Memorial Flagpole (also known as the “Goodhue Flagpole”)
Description: 115-foot steel, teakwood and copper flagpole with bronze relief sculpture and granite base. The flagpole and bronze base sculpture was dedicated Feb. 12, 1927, in memory of the City of Pasadena’s citizens who served in World War I. The names of the dead appear at the base of the pole.
Inscription reads: “In proud remembrance of our glorious dead MCMXVIII”
Architect: Bertram Goodhue
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