Monrovia Canyon Park Waterfall - 1890 to 2010

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It's not often I get access to a local photo from 1890 so I thought it might be fun to take a similar photo and compare the two.

The photos above are of the Monrovia Canyon Park waterfall.  The one on the right was taken sometime in 1890.  The one on the right I took on December 27th, 2010.  About 120 years apart.

The most obvious difference is the waterfall.  The whole area to the right at the top of the falls is gone and that completely changed the direction of the falls.  The midpoint of the waterfall has shifted at least 10 feet to the right.  It used to fall more towards the center in the current photo, right about into the center of the group of people.

Some other things that stood out:

-The lack of trees in the original photo.
-The changes in the boulders in front of the waterfall.  You can get an idea of their size by the people standing on them.  The changes may be as much or more from the building of the check dams as from the flow of water off the waterfall.
-The difference in the way people dressed to go hiking then and now.  Click on the image to get a better idea.  The woman in a long skirt down to her ankles. The men in coats, vests and hats.


I didn't catch the hikers in the b / w until you pointed it out. Somewhere in my digital archives I have a photo of Eaton Canyon waterfall taken by Pasadena local Virginia Hoge great grandfather. Wherever did you find this image? Marvelous post
Keith said…
Pas Adj: One of the other volunteers knew of the photo in a store room at the park.
Petrea Burchard said…
I love this kind of then/now comparison. Really fascinating.

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