Skip to main content

Arroyo Seco

Arroyo Seco Parkway
Society: ASCEMain Category: CivilSub Category: Roads & RailsEra: 1940-1949DateCreated: 1940Pasadena to Los AngelesLos AngelosState: CACountry: USAWebsite: Allen, T.D.

With its landscaped embankments, limited access, and depressed roadway, Arroyo Seco Parkway (now known as the Pasadena Freeway) became the prototype of the Los Angeles freeway system. Motorists enjoy a scenic drive featuring landscaped embankments lush with native chaparral. The curving alignment traverses a chain of small parks shaded by sycamores and eucalyptus and exposed views of the snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains.

Image Credit: Courtesy Flickr/prayitno (CC BY 2.0) Image Caption: Arroyo Seco Parkway (also called the Pasadena Freeway) as it is seen today by thousands of commutersEra_date_from: 1940
Subscribe to Arroyo Seco

We hope you enjoyed this essay.

Please support this 70-year tradition of trusted historical writing and the volunteers that sustain it with a donation to American Heritage.


Stay informed - subscribe to our newsletter.
The subscriber's email address.