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History of Pasadena, California

The city of Pasadena, California, was originally established as the San Gabriel Mission. The Spanish priests that settled the San Gabriel Mission in 1771, came to the area after they were given a land grant by the Spanish government. The Indiana Colony was founded in 1874 by farmers from Indiana. The group was led and organized by Thomas B. Elliott, a resident of Indianapolis with a desire to make a new life by starting over as far west as he could get. The townsfolk of the Indiana Colony wanted to give the town a more fitting name for the area that it was settled in. Since the town was the home to the Native Americans, it seemed fitting that they would use a Native American word or phrase to describe the area. The name of Pasadena was chosen and first used in 1875 for its Native American meaning of “crown of the valley” or “valley between the hills.” Pasadena is home to one of the most well-known events in the United States. The city has held the Tournament of Roses every year on New Years Day since 1890. During New Years Day, many events take place, including a large parade and the famous Rose Bowl football game. Education is important to the residents. The major higher education schools that claim Pasadena as home include the California Institute of Technology, Pacific Oaks College, and several other large community colleges. Also in the Pasadena area is the Norton Simon Museum of Art and the State Theatre of California. Those, along with many other recreational sites, provide great attractions for visitors and residents alike.