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Pasadena History: The city's roots date to 1873 when Indiana resident Dr. Thomas Balch Elliott assembled together a group of more than 100 families that called themselves the California Colony of Indiana. Tired of freezing winters, they scouted over 50,000 acres of Southern California before falling in love with the San Gabriel Valley. Purchasing 4,000 acres of the San Pascual Ranch for $6.31 an acre, the California Colony of Indiana divided lots on January 27, 1874. The settlement grew successfully as an agricultural community, known primary for its citrus groves. The railway connecting Pasadena to Los Angeles was completed in 1886 which helped to establish Pasadena's reputation as a winter resort with visitors trained in from as far away as Boston. That same year Pasadena incorporated as a city.

On January 1, 1890, the first flower-bedecked horses and carriages paraded down the streets of Pasadena. This became a yearly tradition now known as the Tournament of Roses Parade. In 1902, the Tournament of Roses decided to extend the festivities to include a game...and they chose football. Today, the stadium that houses that game, the Rose Bowl, is one of Pasadena's most recognizable sights. The Rose Parade and the following Rose Bowl game draws more than a million spectators each year from all over the world with an additional 100,000,000+ Americans watching the event on television where it is broadcast internationally to audiences in 90 countries. Sports teams currently calling the Rose Bowl home are the Los Angeles soccer team, the Galaxy, and the UCLA's football team, the Bruins.




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