Monday, May 26, 2014

The Eldorado Inn - Altadena's Favorite Watering-Hole Swept Away in 1969 Flood

Until it was swept away in the 1969 flood, the Eldorado Inn was located at the corner of  New York Avenue and Altadena Drive, on the east side of Eaton Canyon wash. 





From the January 30, 1969 Altadenan newspaper:  "Twenty-two and a quarter inches of rain that fell in a nine-day period here was climaxed Saturday when torrential morning-long downpours devastated mountain areas inundating homes with flood and mudflows."
Front page, The Altadenan, January 30, 1969

Moments before the restaurant was destroyed.


The red dot shows the restaurant's location.
The red line shows where New York Drive was rebuilt 
after the flood.

The ship on the menu is a nice touch.  Purely coincidental.


13 comments:

  1. What was the actual address or the restaurant ?
    I remember a hourse stable on New York near Altadena Dr.

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  2. The Eaton Canyon Stables were originally at the site and active in the mid 1950's. I remember riding from the stables into Eaton Canyon.
    The exterior of the restaurant that was constructed in its place had wagon wheels on the side of it's wooden exterior.

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  3. I spoke to a native Altadenan who told me the restaurant was on the west side of the canyon. But I'm wondering if the stables were built on the site of the restaurant?

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  4. The restaurant and the stables were there contemporaneously. The stable was nearer the western rim of the canyon, and the restaurant was to the east of that, down in what is currently the stream bed. The stables were also threatened in 1969, and I think people evacuated their horses. Before the flood there was a road that ran parallel to New York Drive down in the canyon, that went past both restaurant and stables to where the Kinneloa area is now. The stables were there until the 80s, I think, when the owner unfortunately sold to a developer. I used to keep my horse there--it was a great place.

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  5. Omigosh, that road didn't run parallel to New York Drive, it WAS New York Drive! I just read the article more carefully. I had forgotten that part. I do remember the stables, though, because I was a nine year-old girl, and nine year-old girls pay attention to horses. :)

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  6. Surely someone has a snapshot somewhere in some scrapbook from long ago. Makes me think it's time to start cleaning out the attic.

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  7. Anonymous (I'll call you #1 because I'm Anonymous too--or 2!) has it absolutely right. The Eldorado WAS in the streambed and had been washed away at least once before, I think. There was nothing where Gerrish is now. Across the street from the stables was Paul Roberts excavating. They used to clean out septic tanks that predated Altadena's sewers. Anonymous #1, do you remember when they realigned New York Dr. and built the bridge. I think it was BEFORE the flood in 1969. Or am I imagining that?

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    1. I lived on the corner house of Kinneloa and Mesa until early 60's. I am sure the Eldorado Inn washed away in the years before My family moved. I remember a storm that created such a roar that my father ventured out with a flashlight and returned with the news of the demise of the Inn.

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    2. Thanks to both of you for the detailed history of the Eldorado. AHS will update its file.

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  8. Wasn't there a safe full of money that was never recovered (that was the rumor that inundated my school that week)?

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  9. I heard there was a safe that was swept away and never recovered?

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