Thursday, November 12, 2009
Mystery History -- Solved
Mike wins with his 7:37 a.m. Tuesday guess "Looks like an event in preparation to build the new & improved Colorado St bridge in 1951."
In the photo above, a ground-breaking ceremony is taking place in May 1951 for the "new" Colorado Street Bridge, which by the time it opened would be renamed Pioneers Bridge.
Caltrans had called for the Colorado Street Bridge to be demolished because a more sturdy bridge with a larger number of lanes was going to be built. It would be called the New Colorado Street Bridge.
But the people of Pasadena protested vehemently, Caltrans backed off and the beloved bridge was saved.
Caltrans then decided to build a completely separate bridge, parallel to the historic landmark.
By the way, I'm not sure that if this photo were taken today we'd see a little tot playing directly underneath that gigantic earth mover!