|The Altadena Woman’s Circle donated the bronze plaque in 1928,
just 8 years after the first lighting of the trees.
The Himalaya native cedrus deodara seeds were imported from Italy, and then planted in cold frames at the ranch. In the early 1880s Tom Hoag transplanted about 100 trees to what was to have been the driveway of John’s grand home – one that was never built due to the real estate bust of 1887. By that time the saplings were two feet tall. Eventually the driveway was re-purposed as Santa Rosa Avenue and in 1920 was decorated with Christmas lights for the first time. For more than 40 years Tom Hoag was the honored guest who officially turned the lights on at the annual Christmas Tree Lane lighting event. He died in the 1940s.
|“Looking up Santa Rosa Ave. in Altadena, Pacific Electric no. 1123
heads into Los Angeles via the Pasadena Short Line
along East Mariposa Street in 1938.”
Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society
What we don’t know is the significance of the monument featured in the photo below. It’s closer to Woodbury Road than other features in the pocket park, but almost invisible as you drive by because of the trees. If you know why it’s there please leave a comment.
AHS thanks Tony and Maureen Ward and all the volunteers who work throughout the year rebuilding lines, protecting trees, and maintaining the historic stone gutters. Find out more at their website. Christmas Tree Lane Association