2013 Magical History Tour

The 2013 Magical History Tour featured The Granada, the former headquarters of the LA Gas and Electric Corporation. Tour participants get ready for the 2013 Magical History Tour. Tour participants walk to the Carmelite Monastery for an exclusive tour of the chapel. The actor portraying architect John C. Austin chats with two of the sisters from the Carmelite Monastery of St. Teresa. Tour attendees enter the chapel of the Carmelite Monastery for an exclusive tour. Actors portray 1920s Alhambra orange pickers. Actors portraying women from the 1920s pose outside the former French home. The 2013 Magical History Tour featured an exclusive tour of this Arts and Crafts home, former residence of James and Abbie Reid. Actors recreate a 1920s picnic scene outside the former Reid home. Actors play a game of croquet outside the former Reid home. Tour participants line up to tour the former home of Harry and Elizabeth Ellis. Tour participants outside the former Ellis home. The gardens and quad area of The Alhambra, former C.F. Braun & Co. headquarters. The actor portraying James deBarth Shorb poses with his "statuesque" counterpart.
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The 2013 Magical History Tour featured an exclusive tour of this Arts and Crafts home, former residence of James and Abbie Reid.
The 2013 Magical History Tour was a four-hour bus tour – a journey “back in time” to Alhambra in the 1920s, which was a vital and exciting period in our local history.  Here in Alhambra, the “Roaring Twenties” was a time of tremendous growth and change as our young city welcomed a huge influx of new residents and businesses; a decade in which the local population tripled in size.  This was the Jazz Age, when “Anything goes!” was the mood and everything seemed possible.  As the fictional Jay Gatsby was reinventing himself in West Egg, so were countless Americans — mostly Midwesterners — settling up and setting a course for Southern California, with its promise of new beginnings; new lives.

Thanks to the post-war economic boom, the automobile age and the newly constructed cross-country highways, the 1920s saw the largest internal migration in the history of the United States. Thanks, in part, to a clever marketing campaign by the Chamber of Commerce that promised a garden paradise, a “City of Homes,” where year-round sunshine offered a healthful climate capable of curing any ailment, thousands of these newcomers settled in Alhambra.  Their energy and optimism not only fueled Alhambra’s own growth but contributed to the development of the entire region.

The tour introduced attendees to a select group of Alhambra homes, businesses and institutions of the 1920s, along with some of the people who made life here interesting and unique.

 

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