What better way to spend a beautiful, sunny spring day, then a visit to the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia. And it’s even better free on the third Tuesday of every month. So grab your sunglasses and camera to come out June 20 for the next free day.
A tough man living in tough times he had the ability to make things happen. A man who should be studied by anyone who wants to go into business for themselves. He was a consummate entrepreneur, and seemed to have the Midas touch. Everything he put his hands and mind to seemed to turn to gold, thus the nickname “Lucky Baldwin.
Part of his legacy is the L.A. Arboretum and is an interesting place to explore.
Many times you’re greeted by Peacocks who roam the grounds freely.
Baldwin’s Queen Anne Cottage was constructed in 1885-86, probably as a honeymoon gift for his fourth wife, sixteen- year-old Lillie Bennett.
“For a year after she married Baldwin (May, 1884), this little girl was queen of the ranch,” wrote the Los Angeles Times. Lillie’s father, architect Albert A. Bennett, designed the cottage, but the honeymooners apparently never enjoyed its beauty.
Lillie and E.J. separated in 1885, and the fanciful house was converted by its owner into a memorial to the third Mrs. Baldwin, Jennie Dexter, who had died in 1881. A stained glass portrait of Jennie stood welcome in the front door and an almost life-size oil painting of her was hung in the Cottage parlor. Both items remain today.
On leaving stop into the gift shop.
Maybe you can find a little bit of the Lucky Baldwin paradise to take home.
Santa Anita Depot Tours
Tours are held Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 10am-4pm and Sundays from 1-4pm.
Visitors can tour the inside of this historical treasure with a knowledgeable docent and learn about what this depot was like when it was operational.
Photos by Craig Lowe