Arcadia Public Library & Arcadia Historical Society Present The SGV in 1877, through the Lens of Carleton Watkins
Carleton E. Watkins was born in NY and came west in 1849 with his friend Collis P. Huntington, hoping to make a fortune in California gold. Instead of mining, Watkins chose photography and later became widely regarded as one of America’s finest photographers. When he made his first visit to SoCal in 1877, he was taken by the stunning beauty of the San Gabriel Valley. Watkins took a series of invaluable photographs documenting 19th-century life here. Come and see rare images of the historic Old Mill, San Gabriel Mission, Baldwin’s Rancho Santa Anita, and more. An accompanying exhibit will run during March at the Arcadia Public Library. Ed Andersen is the featured speaker. Admission is FREE and reservations are not required.