The thatched, dome-shaped dwellings of the native Tongva Indian tribes that were scattered in what now is Los Angeles County are long gone. The influence of the Spanish explorers and Mexican migrants who followed hangs on in many place names and South Pasadena remains one of the modern cities that edged out the big ranchos in the 1800s. It may have the richest archaeological remains of the earlier eras of any place in its area.
One of the first adobe structures in the community was headquarters for General Flores and his staff during the Mexican/American War. In 1888, South Pasadena incorporated to escape its bonds to the larger city of Pasadena. With an estimated population of 500, it became the sixth municipality in the count and one of the first suburbs of LA. When the Pacific Electric Short Line went into business, everyone in town was within walking distance of a "red car" station.
It is a city known for its trees. Native species include the redwood, sequoia, ash, walnut and sycamore. Other non-native species also have found homes on the tree-lined streets, including the sweetgum.
The population (25,619 in the 2010 census) inlcudes a number of mobile notaries who provide essential services to South Pasadenans who want to authenticate important personal documents such as deeds, wills, powers of attorney, mortgage papers and many others. The "mobile" or "traveling" descriptor attached to their title means they will meet with a client at any time or place of the client's choosing. You hardly have to miss a beat in your normal activities to get the witness and seal that assures the validity of your document.
South Pasadena's location just 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles has made it a popular setting for many movie and TV productions. The pleasant little city shows up in snatches of such favorites as "Freaky Friday," "Gone With the Wind," "Pee Wee's Big Adventure," "Back to the Future" and many more.
Much earlier, Lucretia Garfield, wife of President James A. Garfield, got her start here. Add to the list William Holden, Joel McRae, Hilary Swank, and Tom Nicholle and you'll have the beginnings of a long list.
You might expect that the lists of South Pasadena residents over the years might include a lot of notables, and you'd be right. Mereditih Baxter was born here and so was Kristinia DeBarge, singer, songwriter and reality star. Much earlier, Lucretia Garfield, wife of President James A. Garfield, got her start here. Add to the list William Holden, Joel McRae, Hilary Swank, and Tom Nicholle and you'll have the beginnings of a long list.
Many of the city's residents are employed in the entertainment business or are staff at the University of Southern California.
"Mom and Pop" businesses thrive here where there are traces of the past, such as the Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain. The Rialto Theater, one of the last of the single-screen theaters, earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
In 1886, believe it or not, one of the most popular attractions in South Pasadena was a flock of ostriches, brought to California by Edward Cawston, whose first objective was to have access to the birds' plumes that were in high fashion at the time. Unfortunately, most of the first batch died, but he was able to encourage breeding in the remainder and soon built the flock to more than 100. Cawston found that hawking memorabilia and charging visitors to the farm to ride the mammoth birds was more lucrative than harvesting the feathers. Pacific Electric Railway built a trolley stop to the farm. The ostrich enterprise was one of the first "theme" parks in a state that eventually became famous for them.
The Mobile Notaries are in the South Pasadena including 91030 and 91031. The Mobile notary will quickly come to you both day and night right to your place!