On The Road With Garth Kemp: Sierra Madre

Thursday, July 27, 2006

This week Garth goes "on the road" to Sierra Madre, a small town of about 11,000 people at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Sandwiched between Arcadia and Pasadena, Sierra Madre maintains its small-town feel. There are no street lights and turn-of-the-century properties dot the landscape. Another unique feature? Sierra Madre has L.A. County's last and only all-volunteer fire department. As of March 2006, Sierra Madre became the first and only police department in L.A. County with a female police chief.

Sidewalk cafes and shops line the streets, particularly at the center of town, the corner of Baldwin Avenue and Sierra Madre Boulevard. Favorites include Bean Town, Savor the Flavor, Casa del Rey, Leonora Moss and Angels Everywhere.

Bean Town
45 N. Baldwin Avenue
Sierra Madre
(626) 355-1596
Bean Town is a unique coffee bar in the heart of Sierra Madre. Great coffee, pastries, hot chocolate, smoothies and Fosselman's Ice Cream are all on the menu. Enjoy live entertainment every Friday & Saturday night from 8pm to 11pm.

E. Waldo Ward & Son
273 E. Highland Avenue
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
(626) 355-1218
E. Waldo Ward & Son has been specializing in citrus marmalades for more than a century. They pick the fruit in the orchards right outside, can it inside, and sell it in their store. E. Waldo Ward & Son was started by E. Waldo Ward Sr. when he purchased 10 acres of land from Sierra Madre founder Nathaniel Carter. Today, the business is still running strong. They offer tours as well.

Savor The Flavor
11 Kersting Court
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
(626) 355-7781
Savor the Flavor is a specialty food store. The owner travels the country looking for the best in fine foods.

Casa del Rey
Family Owned Since 1972
31 N. Baldwin Avenue
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
(626) 355-6060

322 Italian Club
322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
(626) 836-5414

The Only Place in Town
110 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
(626) 355-3502

Sierra Madre Playhouse
87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
(626) 355-4318

City of Sierra Madre

Historic Properties
The properties listed on Sierra Madres Designated Historical Properties List are examples of the character and history that reflect the Citys cultural, historical and architectural heritage. The sites may be associated with local, state, or national cultural, social, economic, political, or natural history, events or persons significant to the history of Sierra Madre.

The Historical Preservation Society has mapped out walking tours of dozens of historic homes & churches. You can pick up a map/brochure at the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce.
78 W Sierra Madre Blvd
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
(626) 355-5111

Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society
P.O. Box 202
Sierra Madre, CA 91025
(626) 355-8129
The purposes of the Society are the collection, preservation, and exhibition of historical documents and artifacts pertaining to the founding and subsequent development of Sierra Madre, California and its surrounding community; the gathering and cataloging of current history for future generations; provision of archival access for research purposes; and the continuation of the restoration and preservation of Lizzie's Trail Inn and the Richardson House.

The Lizzie's Trail Inn/Historical Museum
165 East Mira Monte Avenue
Sierra Madre
Open every Saturday from 10-12
For information call (626) 355-8129.
Lizzie's Trail Inn served hikers and packers as they headed up the Mt. Wilson trail from the early 1900's. Today it's a museum, open every Saturday to the public.

Concerts in the Park
Memorial Park Bandshell
222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
(626) 355-5278
Sundays July 9 through September 3, 2006
6:00-8:00 pm

Sierra Madre Fire Dept.
The Sierra Madre Fire Department proudly protects 11,800 people living in an area of 3.2 square miles. The Sierra Madre Fire Department is the only all-volunteer fire department in Los Angeles County.

Wistaria Festival
The Mt. Wilson Trail Race is held every Memorial Day weekend. It's 8.6 miles long and climbs more than 2,000 feet.

Mt. Wilson Observatory
Founded in December 1904 by George Ellery Hale as one of the original scientific enterprises of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Mt. Wilson Observatory is completing its first century as one of the world's premier astronomical observatories. During the first half of the twentieth century Mt. Wilson was successively home to the world's two largest telescopes as well as the most powerful facilities in existence for studying the sun.

The Mount Wilson Observatory is 19 miles northeast of the Foothill Freeway, at the end of Mount Wilson-Red Box Road, five miles off the Angeles Crest Highway.

Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Call (818) 793-3100 or (818) 449-4163

Sierra Madre Rose Float Association

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