Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Mystery History


Where are we? And what's happening?

The first person to guess correctly will win a fabulous prize!

I'll have the full scoop on Thursday.

9 comments:

Petrea said...

Pasadena's first gardening maintenance company, demonstrating overkill.

altadenahiker said...

The gardening maintenance company sent to clear our Petrea's tomato crop.

No, give me another chance. Clearing the area for the Gamble House?

Margaret said...

I'm going a whole different direction. I say Cal Tech is expanding.

pasadenaadjacent said...

thats just painful

Terry said...

I agree with pasadenaadjacent. Brings a tear to my eye. I'm guessing the stump of the 210 freeway replaced that cute house and a bunch of others like it.

Kevin Cloud Brechner said...

All the previous comments are incorrect. This picture was taken in 1969. It looks like they are getting ready to tear down the house but actually it is the beginning of ground clearing for one of the few archaeological projects in Pasadena, Professor Frank H.H. Roberts of the Smithsonian Institution is standing to the left overseeing the initial removal of what is called "overburden" or the soil that has built up over a prehistoric site. In this case it was the extremely controversial excavation of the Blönduós House, originally a sod structure over a wooden frame and is of Icelandic or Norse origin. Next to it was the soil stained imprint of a wood Viking ship that had long since decayed. According to some scientists it is the only known example of Viking occupation in Southern California. They also found remnants of stone and bronze tools. Critics argued that it was a hoax, but many claim otherwise. But I could be wrong.

West Coast Grrlie Blather said...

It's the Mayor's residence on Congress. They're taking out a tree (that fell during the '71 Sylmar quake?).

Cafe Observer said...

Ok, isn't it enuf that the city went after some of our shady trees on Colorado Blvd?!

In fact that looks like one Pasadena's progressive houses!

Jean Spitzer said...

We're in Pasadena, and the owner of the house is about to wake up to a nasty surprise.