Thursday, September 24, 2009
Mystery History -- Solved
I stumped everybody this week.
In the 1958 photo above, three women (l-r Pat Colburn, Vi Berry and Ernestine Steele) wear sheets fashioned into dresses to draw attention to the proposed widening of Washington Street.
The proposal was for Washington to be widened by taking 14 feet off only one side -- their side -- of the street.
So they packed themselves and their signs into the car at left and headed to Pasadena City Hall to protest the project.
They lost the battle and the project moved forward.
Here's a photo of the work in progress, with a parade of protesting property owners, led by Stanley Steele, who refused to give up their fight:
They demanded a recall of four members of the Board of City Directors (now called the City Council).
That one didn't have enough support, either.
Washington Street was widened and "Street" was changed to "Boulevard."
And the rest is history.
Many thanks to Los Angeles Public Library for use of the photos.