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The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2004 - 2017.


The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is a 127- acre botanical garden and historical site jointly operated by the Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation.

The history of the Arboretum predates the Spanish era. The earliest inhabitants of this site knew it as Aleupkigna or "the place of many waters." A four-acre natural body of water in the heart of the Arboretum's Historical Section dates back to this time. Over the years this water-filled depression had been call a cienega, lagoon, sag pond, or lake. Hugo Reid, the ranch's first private owner, called it a swamp in his map. Today it is named Baldwin Lake.

Hugo Reid, a Scotsman with Mexican citizenship, was married to a Gabrielino woman. He became the first private owner of Rancho Santa Anita and constructed his adobe house next to the lake in 1840.

Elias Jackson "Lucky" Baldwin purchased Rancho Santa Anita in 1875. The Baldwin Ranch was situated on a 2,000 acre artesian belt located atop the Raymond Hill Fault. It was Lucky Baldwin who dredged and deepened the lake, by possibly 12-15 feet, in the late 1880s. He surrounded the lake with a retaining wall, capped with granite boulders. This is when the natural water body became known as a lake and it is still fed by springs located in both the north and south inlets. In early Arboretum days, the lake was designated LASCA (Los Angeles State and County Arboretum) Lagoon.

"Baldwin's Belvedere," was built on a peninsula jutting out into the horseshoe-shaped lake and today is known as the Queen Anne Cottage. The cottage was built for Elias Jackson ("Lucky") Baldwin's between 1885-1886, probably as a honeymoon gift for his fourth wife, sixteen- year-old Lillie Bennett. Lillie's father, architect Albert A. Bennett, designed the cottage, but the marriage was over before the construction was complete. Lillie and Elias separated in 1885 and the house designed for Elias Baldwin's fourth wife became a memorial to his third Mrs. Baldwin, Jennie Dexter, who had died in 1881. The Baldwin cottage was the Santa Anita Ranch guest house. Baldwin's personal quarters and cooking and dining facilities and were located in a modernized 8-room version of the old Reid adobe. Upon Elias Baldwin's death in 1909, Lucky's daughter Anita (born in 1876 to Jennie Dexter) closed the Cottage and disposed of all furnishings. Anita removed and stored many of the removable components such as the stained glass windows, black walnut doors, marble fireplace mantels, the hearth tiles, the encaustic tile mosaic entry floor, original bathroom fixtures, and the exterior marble walkway. All of the stored items (stored in the Coach Barn) were returned to the Cottage during the restoration of 1951-53. The cottage is furnished as it might have been in Victorian times. The Queen Anne Cottage is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Queen Anne Cottage is open to the public once a year. Contact the Arboretum for the next open day.

The Santa Fe Depot was constructed by the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad about 1890 in Ranch Santa Anita as a stop in its transcontinental main line. Elias Baldwin donated a right-of-way and bricks in exchange for an agreement for train stops at the station as well as to maintain a depot and provide for a postoffice in the station. In 1969, the depot was moved to the Arboretum to make way for the new Foothill Freeway a few hundred feet north.

It is rare to visit the Arboretum when there isn't a building or corner that isn't being readied for, in use, or cleaned up after being used for a motion picture, TV episode, or commercial. Among the long list of projects shot at the Arboretum are Johnny Weissmuller's Tarzan, Jungle Jim, Road to Singapore in 1939, Safari, Fantasy Island, and Roots II.

Location: 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA, 91007.
Just off the 210 Freeway. Exit 210 Freeway at Baldwin Avenue. Turn south.

Open daily from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; admission closes at 4:30 pm.
Front
Front. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Baldwin Lake
Baldwin Lake. Photo date: 12-12-04.
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Baldwin Lake
Baldwin Lake. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Plant
Plant. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Palm Tree
Palm trees. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Lake and Ducks
Lake and ducks. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Garden
Garden. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Tree Turning Red
Tree turns red. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Purple Leaves
Purple leaves. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Purple Leaves
Purple leaves. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Blue Tree
Blue tree. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Baldwin Lake
Baldwin Lake. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Ap
Ap, Chumash/Gabrielino House. Photo date: 12-12-04.

Hugo Reid Adobe,1839

Hugo Reid Adobe
Photo date: 12-12-04.
Hugo Reid Adobe
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Hugo Reid Adobe
Adobe from across lake. Photo date: 12-12-04.

Queen Ann House

Across Lake
Across lake. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Across Lake
Across lake. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Across Lake
Across lake. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Across Lake
Across lake. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Painting Back
Top being painted back after a film shoot. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Painting Back
Top being painted back after a film shoot. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Painting Back
Top being painted back after a film shoot. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Porch Detail
Porch detail. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Porch Detail
Porch detail. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Interior
Interior. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Interior Stan Glass
Interior of stain glass window. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Exterior Stan Glass
Exterior of stain glass window. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Interior
Interior. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Interior
Interior. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Roof Detail
Roof detail. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Roof Detail
Roof detail. Photo date: 12-12-04.

Lucky Baldwin's Coach Barn

Coach Barn
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Coach Barn
Photo date: 12-12-04.
Coach Barn
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Coach Barn
Photo date: 12-12-04.
Coach Barn
Interior. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Coach Barn
Interior. Photo date: 12-12-04.

Depot

Depot Decorated
Depot decorated for the Holidays. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Chimney
Chimney. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Baggage Wagon
Baggage wagon. Photo date: 12-12-04.
North Side
North side. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Doorway
Upstairs doorway. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Desk
Upstairs desk. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Kitchen
Kitchen. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Kitchen
Kitchen. Photo date: 12-12-04.
Baggage Wagon
Baggage wagon. Photo date: 12-12-04.
West Side
West side. Photo date: 12-12-04.

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