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Pico Rivera Historical Museum


Pico Rivera Historical Museum



Inside the museum there is a dedication plaque which reads:
 
RIVERA SANTA FE STATION
C. 1887

BUILT WHEN LOS ANGELES HAD LESS THAN
50,000 INHABITANTS

SHIPPED THE FIRST CARLOAD OF
ENGLISH WALNUTS EAST

DISPATCHED MANY CARLOADS OF CORN, WINE, WALNUTS,
ORANGES, AVOCADOS, AND OTHER
DELICIOUS FRUITS

IN THE IRRIGATED VALLEYS OF THE
LOS NIETOS RIVERA AREA,
AGRICULTURE BECAME THE FIRST MAJOR
TRADE DEVELOPMENT IN
LOS ANGELES COUNTY

IN 1911 FORD CAR PARTS FOR ASSEMBLY
WERE FIRST RECEIVED BY THE
ALBERT McDONALD PIONEER FORD AGENCY

LOS ANGELES COUNTY’S
COMMERCIAL EXPANSION STARTED
HERE IN THIS VALLEY

DONATED AND MOVED BY THE
ATCHISON, TOPEKA, AND SANTA FE
RAILWAY COMPANY

PRESERVED AND RESTORED BY THE
CITY OF PICO RIVERA IN 1973

PICO RIVERA
HISTORY AND HERITAGE SOCIETY
1974



Museum Displays

The museum has an excellent display of photographs and other items depicting the early days of Pico Rivera.  Turn back the calendar and take a step back in time by clicking any of the thumbnails below for a larger image.

Original layout of the townsite
Original layout of the townsite

Historical Photographs
Photos of the first schools in Pico Rivera.
In the bottom left is an early photo of the station.
Historical Photographs
bottom left: Albert Mcdonald's Ford Agency
top left: The Red Car line
bottom right: Early baseball players NOT on strike

Photos of the agricultural industry
Photos of the agricultural industry
Various historical photos and artifacts
Various historical photos and artifacts

Display of tools
Display of tools



Streamland Park

The museum contains a group of pictures showing an early-day amusement park called Streamland Park. (It no longer exists, so don't try to go see it!)

Photos of Streamland Park Flyer for Streamland Park Flyer for Streamland Park

The following is the text of the Streamland Park flyer shown the far right photo above:

Streamland Park, situated within twelve miles of downtown Los Angeles, is located between two main highways one mile north of Whittier Blvd. Bus service can be had right to the entrance. It is well equipped with picnic tables and barbeque pits and other necessary equipment for serving picnic lunches. It comprises over fifty acres of rolling wooded land with a large athletic field and dancing facilities.

Streamland park is unique in that a good sized stream flows through the entire length of the park. This stream is supplied from springs to the north and flows continuously throughout the year. The stream has a sandy bottom and during the summer months it is filled with young and old, enjoying its refreshing coolness.

The Rosemead Blvd. Side of Streamland Park has been developed as an amusement zone. For the children it contains an excellent pony ride, a good old fashioned Merry-Go-Round, boat ride, airplanes, and other kiddie rides. For both young and old we have our railway, nearly a mile long ride powered by one of the largest miniature steam locomotives in the country. Guests may play miniature golf as they desire, or on Sundays there is a semi-pro baseball game, our park being the home grounds for the Pacific Clay Stars. Refreshment stands are always open to supply peanuts, popcorn, soft drinks, hamburgers, etc.

A picnic spent here will mean wholesome fun your family will never regret – a frolic the kiddies will never forget.

Miniature Locomotives at Streamland Park Miniature Locomotives at Streamland Park
Miniature Locomotives at Steamland Park



Miniature Locomotives at Streamland Park The Pico Rivera Historical Musuem is located
at 9122 Washington Blvd. in the city of Pico Rivera.
The museum is open Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. See map.




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