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The Fall of the House of Baldwin
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The Fall of the House of Baldwin

Part 6: The legacy. By Galen Patterson In some ways, Anita Baldwin left behind as much as her father. Whereas Lucky himself amassed a fortune, founded cities, participated in politics, had famous friends and a generally interesting life, Anita’s legend is also robust, but different. Anita’s legacy stimulates the senses, and captivates the mind. She…

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The Fall of the House of Baldwin

  Part 5: The Pantophagist By Galen Patterson Anita Baldwin is known by several accounts to have a generous person. Local Historian Carol Libby says she was the kind of lady who would anonymously pay off the debts and bills of those she knew and cared for. As mentioned earlier in the series, Anita’s obituary…

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The Fall of the House of Baldwin

Part 4: other artifacts By Galen Patterson The McCaslin family did not want to demolish Anoakia. The property was an institution, and they knew it. The family tried work out different ways to preserve the property, but in the end, developing was the decision they came to. The original owner within the McCaslin family, Lowry…

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The Fall of the House of Baldwin

By Galen Patterson Part 3: What happened to the Jinks Room murals? The Jinks Room in Anoakia was a children’s play room and the artwork inside reflected that. As mentioned last week, the images ranged from the extraordinary to the bizarre, a stark contrast to many of Maynard Dixon’s other famous works, which commonly depict…

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The Fall of the House of Baldwin

Part 2: Anoakia’s lifespan By Galen Patterson After receiving $10 million in assets from her father’s estate, Anita M. Baldwin was well off for an early 20th century woman. With her inherited fortune came land, and on that land, Anita built the finest home Arcadia had ever seen. It was named Anoakia. The home consisted…

Christian Daly: Helping Others Be Heard
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Christian Daly: Helping Others Be Heard

By Emily Glory Peters The years surrounding Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968 were momentous in the U.S. The civil rights movement sparked significant legislative shifts, impacting everything from employment discrimination to fair housing to immigration rights. The importance of these reforms is still evident today in Christian Daly, longtime San Gabriel Valley…

The Fall of the House of Baldwin
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The Fall of the House of Baldwin

Part 1: An introduction to an iconic family By Galen Patterson Anita Baldwin was the daughter of Elias “Lucky” Baldwin and heiress of the Baldwin estate. Lucky had built and left behind a large estate worth millions at the time, and one that still echoes through the San Gabriel Valley. His empire started with a…

How Arcadia Gained a Rare Piece of History
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How Arcadia Gained a Rare Piece of History

By Galen Patterson Riyo Sato was a developing artist by the time she was detained in 1942. She was sent to Santa Anita Park, where she waited out a portion of the war in captivity before being transferred to Wyoming, to a different detention facility called “Heart Mountain.” Cameras were confiscated within the detention camps….

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