Things have changed a lot in Pasadena since the city’s early years. I’m not sure you can still get lumber on Colorado Blvd. But you could in 1880. My guess is that lumber and other building supplies were in high demand during this era. The 1880s saw a Southern California boom cycle and cities like Pasadena were growing exponentially.
One thing is for sure – Colorado Blvd quickly gained a reputation for bad traffic. Did the powers that be ever get a handle on that? Well…I’ve seen worse. Here’s the same general area today – known as “Old Town Pasadena.” I think I can even see a parking space.