Geography

Searching for the lost arroyo of San Pascual

san-pascual-alhambra-creekfreak.jpg
1870 federal survey compared to more recent map at LA Creek Freak.

Jessica Hall at the website LA Creek Freak has been trying to pinpoint the location of Arroyo San Pascual, one of the natural drainages out of the San Gabriels that flowed — and maybe still does? — through what became the cities of Pasadena, San Marino and/or Alhambra. Many of the old arroyos and creeks originally mapped by settlers and surveyors have disappeared, at least from easy sight. Property owners and public officials through the decades have tried to make the old arroyos get out of the way of development, sometimes by reshaping the topography or burying the creeks in storm drains. In some places the brute force can't fully conquer nature, and in other places the old drainage is embraced as a feature. I've posted before about the Brookside neighborhood around Wilshire and Highland near Hancock Park that still has a visible portion of Arroyo de los Jardines. The blogger Militant Angeleno wrote not long ago about the lost creeks of Westwood.

At LA Creek Freak, Hall compared an 1870 federal survey with a more recent map and may be closing in on locating the lost Arroyo San Pascual. "The discerning eye can see echoes of the historical streams in the treelines, shadows of terrain, (in)convenient siting of ball fields...," she writes. Check it out.


More by Kevin Roderick:
LA Observed Notes: 60 Minutes, selling the Coliseum and more
Gil Cedillo, Nick Melvoin win LA runoffs*
LA Observed Notes: Baca goes down, LAX shuffle, media moves
LA Observed Notes: Big TV news, media moves, obits and more
LA Observed Notes: Writers on the verge, Fox, the riots and more
Recent Geography stories on LA Observed:
When Van Nuys was a name downtown too
Another great old map from Glen Creason of LAPL
The story behind one cool LA map
Appreciating LA's ghost streets and shapes
Nokia Theatre is out, Microsoft Theater (and Square) are in
100 years ago today, the Valley made Los Angeles big
Just where is downtown Los Angeles anyway?
Even Silver Lake doesn't want you to call it 'Eastside' *


 

LA Observed on Twitter