Sunday, January 20, 2013

Permanent Sign

I love these old street signs, carved into the curb. You can find them in Pasadena's oldest neighborhoods, along the Arroyo and on the west side of town.

Busch Place was named for Adolphus Busch, who built the first Busch Gardens in Pasadena's Arroyo Seco. I wrote several posts about it after taking a special tour in 2010.

Our street was built in the 1920's but we don't have one. Have you seen them near you?

17 comments:

dive said...

How cool! Street names as part of the street itself.

hamilton said...

The closest I've seen would be house numbers painted on the curb. Sadly, all the snow and parked cars would make such street signs almost useless.

mainzdailyphoto.com said...

Interestingly, he was born in Mainz. Actually, in Kastel which USED to be part of Mainz until the Allied occupation forces decided in 1945 that Mainz was only allowed to be on ONE side of the river and the suburbs on the OTHER side now belong to Wiesbaden. Mind you, the signs still say "Mainz-Kastel" (Kastel, because there was Roman fort there).
And given that Busch is indirectly responsible for Bud Light, shouldn't his memory be erased form the sidewalk...?

Kalei's Best Friend said...

I googled engraved street names and found this: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/1a21bc/
its not as nice as what u have.. Once again Pasadena is unique!.

-K- said...

Boyle Hts has at least one street corner in which the street sign is a stone column rising just a few few from the sidewalk.

Like "Busch Pl.," it conveys a much deeper sense of permanancy.

Petrea Burchard said...

Dive, some don't have paint on them, so when you come upon them they're more of a surprise. I think they're treasures.

Hamilton, all street numbers are painted on the curb here. In some early 20th-century neighborhoods you can still find metal street numbers bolted to the curb, but many have fallen off. (Ours did, but we still have it.)

JB, I can't blame poor Adolphus for things that happened after he died.

Thanks for the link, KBF. I like the Portland signs, but I like ours, too. We also have these sidewalk stamps:
http://pasadenadailyphoto.blogspot.com/2008/04/sidewalk-stamp.html

That sounds lovely, Kevin, and I agree. Peoples' concerns were different then.

Susan Campisi said...

I don't think I've ever seen any of these. Very cool. Now that I know they exist, I'll keep my eyes peeled for them, like looking for hidden (or not so hidden) treasures.

TheChieftess said...

Leave it to Pasadena to etch it in stone!!!

I like the idea...I think it should be the norm!!

Petrea Burchard said...

I know, I wish our street had these.

Laura Monteros said...

The house I used to have in Bungalow Heaven was built 1919-20 and I don't recall stamped signs there, but many of the streets have been widened so it is possible they were once stamped.

I do recall seeing them elsewhere, but can't place it now. Maybe Hollywood?

Petrea Burchard said...

I don't know when Busch Place was built. Adolphus Busch died in 1913. It could be I'm assuming these signs are old and maybe they're not. But I think they are pre-1920.

Ms M said...

Such a nice touch! Classy. I don't recall seeing any stamped street curbs like that here.
There is another Busch Gardens in St. Louis, MO which I visited on school field trip as a kid. Have you been to that one?

LONDONLULU said...

It really is a treasure. We don't have that here, but it may be that I haven't looked hard enough. (Am going to be looking down more now!)

Bellis said...

I've seen house numbers carved in stone, but not the road name like here. It's so attractive, isn't it? The roads and houses would have been built after Busch Gardens closed. I should look that up, but am having Internet problems.

Petrea Burchard said...

I haven't been to Busch Gardens in St. Louis, Ms. M. I think that's the most famous one.

Let me know if you find one, Lulu!

Bellis, I think Busch Gardens closed in the late 1920's. Perhaps this type of sign isn't about the age of the neighborhood but simply about its location, or money spent?

Latino Heritage said...

What an eye! Thanks for sharing. I especially love the drainage hole. Sweet.

Petrea Burchard said...

Thanks for noticing, Roberta. I like the drainage hole, too.