Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August Theme Day - Numbers


August Theme Day - Numbers
On the first of each month, the City Daily Photo Blog community has a Theme Day.  This month, the theme is "Numbers."  Around here, 1890 and 1900 are considered very OLD numbers.  Practically Ancient History. 

(To see the interesting things that other Theme Day participants
from around the world have come up with, click here.) 

Richardson House and Lizzie's Trail Inn Museums

Lizzies' Trail Inn
In about 1890, a lunchstand was opened near the base of the Mt. Wilson Trail, where hikers could pick up food on their way up or down the mountain.  In 1913, the little building which, according to the Historical Preservation Society's website, was "ever evolving" was moved (or rebuilt) on the east side of the trail, and went through a succession of owners.  Lizzie McElwain ran the business from 1925 until 1935, and "Lizzie's Trail Inn" became famous for fried chicken, ravioli, and even "distilled spirits" during prohibition. The business was then run by Thelma and Robert Orme, who kept the tradition alive until 1948, when Lizzies Trail Inn closed. 

Richardson House
In the early 1860's, John Richardson came to California, and obtained 150 acres of federal land.  He developed a ranch and built two small dwellings, one of which is the current "Richardson House."  (It is thought that this house was originally located near the corner of Mountain Trail, and was moved to its present location in later years.)  Mr. Richardson subsequently sold the land to N.C. Carter, who was developing the town of Sierra Madre. 

During the years that the Trail Inn was operating, some of the people who worked there lived in the Richardson house.  In fact, Maurice Orme, who is on the Board of Directors for the Historical Preservation Society, grew up in the house.  His mother, Elsie Orme worked for Lizzie McElwain, until his family took over the running of the Trail Inn after Lizzie's death.

The Museums Today
Resting at the foot of Mt. Wilson Trail, the Richardson House and Lizzie's Trail Inn Museums are owned by the City of Sierra Madre, and run by the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society.  The Society has spent countless volunteer hours, in order to restore and maintain the buildings.  The museums contain vintage furniture, photographs, historical documents, and artifacts.  Both of the museums are open on Saturdays from 12:00 - 2:00 for tours, and special tours and field trips can also be arranged.  Best of all, according to a recent issue of the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society Newsletter, Maurice Orme is there at the museums on Saturdays.  Stop by - He has some great stories to tell!





12 comments:

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. I appreciate your stopping by! :)

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  2. isn't that funny?! i'm from san diego originally so i totally understand how this is considered ancient! it's so neat now living out here on the east coast and seeing stuff from the 1600's! i like the treatment on your photo :)

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    1. Hi Tanya! Thank you so much. It really is interesting. On my few trips to the east coast, I've really loved how much history there is. I have found though, that if you look close enough, we have lots of history here, too. Just not so "ancient."

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  3. When I moved to England from Pasadena, I got pretty excited when USA celebrated their Bicentennial...until someone told me that the building I was working in was 500 years old. Ouch! Lovely photograph, Adele.

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    1. Thank you, LOL. :) Wow, that really is funny. Having never left the Continental U.S., I havent seen anything older than what we have in, say, Pennsylvania. 500 years would be quite an experience!!

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  4. Seeing as I spent formative years in Hawaii, the very last state haha, every other state is reverently "older" in terms of modern history! (And like, LOL, living in London was beyond beyond :) I love the photo and the sound of Lizzie's, somehow uniquely Californian.

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    1. Thanks, Lulu! But Hawaii has a lot of older history, pre U.S., no?? That would be interesting, too. It's wherever you make it, I guess! London - now that would definitely be "beyond beyond"! My dream location to visit!

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  5. Wonderful that they are taken much care of, even being turned into a Museum. Can't remember though when last I visited one. Please have a good new month.

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    1. I have to agree, Robert. We are proud of our history here.

      Thank you - Happy New Month to you as well!

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  6. A very interesting post. I like your choice for this theme day. Thanks for sharing with us all.

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    1. Thank you so much. It's so fun getting to see what we all come up with!

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