Historical

Welcome To The Arcadia Historical Society

Arcadia is a poetic shaped space associated with bountiful natural splendor and harmony.

Preserving the heritage of Arcadia

Arcadia was founded by Elias Jackson “Lucky” Baldwin in 1903. He was the Southern California city’s first mayor.

Arcadia History

The city’s second decade was one of change, both in reputation and real estate development. Large land holdings were subdivided and, on the smaller lots, poultry raising became the largest business. Many large poultry ranches supplied eggs and meat to the Los Angeles markets. City streets were graded and paved, street lights were erected and the sleepy city took on the look of an urban community.

The Arcadia Historical Society seeks to educate, inform, and involve the community in preserving Arcadia, California.

The Historical Society

Purposes of the organization would be to provide a place for fellowship, collect historical data and relics, preserve historic sites and traditions, and to participate in community observances of a civic and cultural nature that emphasize historical aspects.

In 1954, the organization became incorporated and received its non-profit status.

The Thoroughbred Racing Walk of Champions was dedicated in the historic downtown of the City of Arcadia on Sept. 27, 2014.

Walk of Champions

When Billy Brewer became head football coach in 1983, he was looking for a way to give fame to the football team. He would take them on a different route each game. As the tradition continued, the ironically named “Walk of Champions” arch was built in the fall of 1998 on the east side of The Grove.

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Everyone, from students to business organizations, is cordially invited to join. A member does not need to be a resident of Arcadia.