At the turn of the century, trains stopped at the Santa Fe Station to offload lumber directly onto the property of South Pasadena Lumber Co.
Having a lumber company in the heart of South Pasadena (along with Rust Nursery) was extremely important in the city’s early development. Over a five-year period during this time, village-like South Pasadena had grown from 1,500 to 5,000 residents with volunteer fire and police departments, high school, and Carnegie library.
South Pasadena’s “community lumberyard” offered home delivery to residents and convenient access to construction materials for the city’s burgeoning business districts on Mission Street and Fair Oaks Avenue.
The lumber company on Mission Street is today the location of Southmark Storage, Mission West, and Mission Tile West.