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Thursday, April 9, 2009
Mystery History -- Solved
"JM in Pasadena" wins with his 7:48 a.m. Tuesday guess "It appears to be the Arroyo and the Rose Bowl is under construction." JM, you didn't include contact info, so please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 744-4755 and I'll tell you about the fabulous prize!
In the photo above, workers (human and equine) are doing grading in 1920 in the Arroyo Seco in preparation for construction of the Rose Bowl Stadium.
The City of Pasadena had purchased the 10-acre piece of land in 1897.
Meanwhile, the first post-parade football game was played in 1902 in Tournament Park, pitting Stanford against Michigan. Michigan won 49-0.
With such a bitter loss for the west coast, football in Pasadena was replaced by chariot races for several years as the main post-parade sporting event.
(That's Throop University on the right, which would later become Caltech.)
Football returned as the main post-parade attraction in 1916. Every New Year's Day there was a football game in Tournament Park, but the crowds soon outgrew the park's capacity.
Meanwhile, the Tournament of Roses Association got busy raising the $272,000 needed to build the stadium, including the sale of 10-year subscription tickets for $100 each.
The name "Rose Bowl" was conceived for the stadium by Harlan W. Hall, a local reporter who was also the press agent for the Tournament of Roses Association.
Here's construction in progress in April 1922.
The first Rose Bowl Game -- UCLA vs. USC -- was played on Oct. 28, 1922.
Here's Jim Crowley, one of the legendary Four Horsemen of Notre Dame, carrying the ball against Stanford in 1925. Notre Dame won 27-10.
The stadium originally was a horseshoe shape. This aerial shot was taken in 1926.