TBT – Arroyo Seco Parkway
Our Private Tour Guests (Generally) Love This Drive
For this Throw Back Thursday (TBT) we feature a vintage photograph of the oldest freeway in the west, the Arroyo Seco Parkway, which connects downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) with Pasadena. A little over 8 miles long it follows the sinuous pathway of the Arroyo Seco river (safe and cemented and seen on the left in the image above). This picture looks south toward Highland Park and the tower of the Southwest American Museum (opened in 1914). In 1940 when the parkway was completed automobiles were large, lumbering and not driven as fast as modern cars are. The on ramps still have stop signs to control traffic leading onto what is now commonly called the Pasadena Freeway or in L.A. lingo “the 110.” A real Los Angeles driver can find themselves challenged entering or leaving the freeway anywhere between the beginning and end of the parkway. However, the views along the roadway are magnificent in both our “green” (rainy) and “brown” (dry) seasons. Our private Los Angeles tour guides are kept very busy both describing the sights to see and navigating the treacherous curves.