Friday, March 29, 2013

Foto Friday!

Beginning today we will be sharing historical photos with you on the last Friday of every month. We hope you will enjoy them and, at the same time, learn a little more about the wonderful city we live and work in.
Did you know that before Arcadia became the community of homes, it was known for its large chicken ranches?
See the picture below of long-time Arcadia poultry man Roy H. Pike on his chicken ranch on West Lemon Avenue, circa 1928. 
Photograph courtesy of the Arcadia History
Collection, Arcadia Public Library.

In support of World War I in 1918, the United States Department of Agriculture encouraged every family in the Arcadia-Monrovia-Duarte area to keep six hens and to eat white meat so that red meats could be sent abroad to our soldiers.  Patriotic Arcadians complied and poultry raising became a way of life here throughout the 1920s to the mid-1940s.  Even Prince Eric Amalienborg of Denmark owned a chicken ranch on South Santa Anita Avenue in the late 1920s.  After World War II, ranchers abandoned their coops when they learned they could make more money by turning their land into subdivisions and housing.  By January 1, 1961, large-scale poultry farming had been outlawed in the city of Arcadia.  

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