Thursday, January 03, 2008
Lincoln Park as it was
I'm posting yet another photo from the Mickey Gallivan "Early Pomona" book. This one is an undated photo of Lincoln Park. The photo must have been taken from the south side of the park looking north, given the proximity of the mountains in the background.
It looks like two of the earliest homes in the area were the now-goldish one story bungalow immediately across from the Lincoln Park restrooms (on the north side of the park), and the two story home at the southeast corner of Palomares and McKinley (beigish with dusty blue trim). There's even a third structure in the background near where the 10 freeway now is, but that one must be long gone. If you click on the photo and look at it closely, you will notice that the trees in the park are mere babies. A bicycle in the foreground of the photo gives you a sense of scale of the original park, and makes you think that it belonged to the photographer.
The bicycle reminds me of another old Pomona photo I have seen of a bearded man on a unicycle in front of the Palomares Hotel. This guy was a lawyer I think, and was apparently well known for his eclectic ways, which included riding all around Pomona on his unicycle. Can't you just picture him parking it outside of Stater Bros? Yes, I know we are talking the early 1900's, but he'd better lock it up all the same.
Perhaps the Pomona bicycle photos foreshadow our green future. I'm hopeful like that.