Saturday, August 25, 2012

Ocean View House

 
 
 
This home was originally a hotel run by N.C. Carter.  The hotel's name might sound strange to us now, since we don't think of our city as an Ocean View kind of place (maybe from the very top of the mountain, on a reeeeeeeeally clear day?). 

But, there was a time when things were different.  In 1930, at the age of 84, Mrs. Annetta M. Carter (widow of Nathaniel C. Carter) was interviewed at her home, "Carterhia." Mrs. Carter spoke of the changes she had seen since coming to Sierra Madre in the 1880's:

"It is not the same, even in daytime.  Why, I remember when we could see the Pacific every day.  It was like a silver ribbon way off there.  But the cities have brought smoke to screen it and we don't see it as often now." 

Ocean View property, right here in Sierra Madre.  Nice!





4 comments:

  1. Funny story about the name Carterhia - I follow links

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    1. I love that story. And thank you for following the link. I appreciate it. I follow them, too.

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  2. Oh can you imagine back in the old days, when you really could see the Pacific from there - incredible how things change! (I liked the Carterhia post from before too :)

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    1. Isn't that something? Sometimes, when I'm on a very high street, I like to think I'm seeing the ocean, but it's a pretty good bed it's just some sort of smog-stripe! :) Glad you liked the Carterhia story, too. Good to know these guys had a sense of humor...

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