Delta Disaster Services in Altadena
For water, fire, mold, asbestos damage, Altadena turns to Delta Disaster Services® of Northern Los Angeles. We are a full-service property restoration firm. Our staff and rapid response crews are on-call 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, ready to be dispatched at a moments notice to Altadena and anywhere within our two-hour guaranteed response service area.
Facts about Altadena
In the mid-1860s, Benjamin Eaton first developed water sources from the Arroyo Seco and Eaton Canyon to irrigate his vineyard near the edge of Eaton Canyon. This made possible the development of Altadena, Pasadena, and South Pasadena. They hoped to develop and sell this land in a real estate plan but their efforts failed by 1870 because the land was relatively inaccessible and few believed crops could thrive that close to the mountains.
In 1880, Capt. Frederick Woodbury, and his brother, John Woodbury of Marshalltown, Iowa, purchased 937 acres (3.79 km2) known as the Woodbury Ranch. John Woodbury established the Pasadena Improvement Company in 1887, with a plot plan of residential development.
The newly sprouted community of Altadena immediately began to attract millionaires from the East.
Over the years Altadena has been subject to attempted annexation by Pasadena. Annexation was stopped in 1956 by community campaigns, though it has been resurrected several times since by Pasadena without success. Had the annexation succeeded, Pasadena would be the 108th largest city in the United States.
The name Altadena derives from the Spanish alta, meaning "upper", and dena from Pasadena; the area is adjacent to, but at a higher elevation than, Pasadena.
The Deodar Cedar (Cedrus deodara) is Altadena's official tree. Indigenous to the Himalayas, the deodar was imported as seeds in 1883, by founder John Woodbury, who had admired the trees in Italy. After growing for two years, they were transplanted to Santa Rosa Avenue, where they now line Christmas Tree Lane.
The official flower is the California Golden Poppy (Eschscholzia californica).