|The Cabins of the Arroyo Seco
In the early years
of the last century, outdoor-lovers built cabins in the mountain
stretches of the Arroyo Seco and its side canyons like Fern
Canyon and Brown Canyon. There were as many as 180 of
these cabins. The Pasadena Water Department, which bought
one thousand acres in the upper watershed of the Arroyo Seco,
forced the cabin dwellers to move out in the early 1940s due to
water quality concerns. The cabins were eventually
removed, although you can still find foundations and remnants of
the cabins today.
|The Geography of the Arroyo Seco
From the mountain wilderness to the
dense urbanized plain, the Arroyo Seco contains a dazzling
variety of geography and geology. Take a trip through the many
zones and facets of the most celebrated canyon in Southern
Floods are a reality that few think
of until the water and mud roar out of the San Gabriel
Mountains, but floods have sometimes been a fierce force shaping
and reshaping our terrain and our attitudes toward our region.
|The Dams of the Arroyo Seco
With floods have come dams from LA
County's first flood control dam, Devil's Gate Dam, to water conservation
and diversion facilities. This photo exhibit features the
historic dams of the Arroyo.
Every generation of people who have
lived in the Arroyo Seco have cherished and worked to protect
it's natural beauty. From the Gabrielino/Tongva people to
Charles Lummis and Myron Hunt to contemporary efforts, there
have been dozens of visionary planning efforts that have worked
to preserve and enhance the Arroyo Seco.
|The Nature of the Arroyo Seco
The writers and artists who have been enriched by
the Arroyo Seco have left a legacy of art and culture that
shines. This speech, given to the League of Women Voters' Conference on
Open Space and Parks on March 15, 2003 recounts some historic and
contemporary views of the Arroyo.
These reports have been made
possible by the generous support of the CALFED Watershed