At Our Leisure: A Real Photo Postcard of Carter’s Camp, Sierra Madre, 16 June 1916

by Paul R. Spitzzeri At the beginning of this year, a post on this blog covered the remarkable juvenile newspaper, The Willow Dale Press, whose entrepreneurs for the one-year life of the sheet, were Florence and Arthur Carter, whose father Nathaniel was, from 1874, owner of the 17-acre "Willow Dale" estate in what is now San... Continue Reading →

At Our Leisure: A Photograph of Echo Rock at Mt. Wilson, ca. 1910

by Paul R. Spitzzeri For roughly four decades, during the "Great Hiking Era" of the 1890s to the 1930s, the San Gabriel Mountains were a highly popular place for outdoor activity of many kinds: camping, fishing, resort stays and visits and, especially, hiking.  Documenting much of this activity with hundreds of published photographs, usually in... Continue Reading →

At Our Leisure: A Tent Cabin in the San Gabriel Mountains, March 1910

by Paul R. Spitzzeri From about the late 1880s, when a massive growth boom engulfed greater Los Angeles, and for decades afterward, our local mountains, including the San Gabriel range, were heavily used for hiking, hunting, fishing and camping during what is often called "The Great Hiking Era," when outdoor activity flourished in America broadly.... Continue Reading →

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