Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles, California and it is home to the Rose Bowl football game, as well as the annual Tournament of Roses Parade. However, there are many other things that Pasadena is noted for as well. The original residents of Pasadena were Native American Hahamog-na tribe, part of the Shoshone dialect. Pasadena was originally under the control of the Spanish, in a land grant called Rancho del Rincon de San Pascaul. It was called this because it was deeded on Easter Sunday, and the Rancho originally contained the communities of Pasadena, Altadena and South Pasadena.
In order to receive their own post office, the residents had to come up with a more suitable name. The responsibility went to three residents, first choice was Indianola, the second was Grenada in keep with Spanish heritage, and the third resident submitted four different names. Each one ended with pa-sa-de-na, which means "of the valleys''. These names were put to a vote and unanimously, Pasadena was chosen. The popularity of the area drew in people from across the country and Pasadena grew at a fast pace.
During the real estate boom during 1928, the area blossomed with tourist hotels, as Pasadena became a sort of winter resort for wealthy people. Many establishments were razed during the Great Depression, of all the buildings only two survived, The Green Motel and the Vista Del Arroyo, which is now home to the Federal courthouse.
There are several major events that find their roots in Pasadena, The Rose Bowl and The Tournament of Roses Parade. The Rose Bowl is a yearly American College Football bowl game that is played on the 1st of January, and the first ever game was hosted in Pasadena in 1901, which paved the way for other New Years, "bowl'' game traditions. The Rose Bowl is the oldest of all football games played. Members of the Pasadena Valley Hunt Club hosted the first parade in 1890, since then the Tournament Of Roses Parade is held every January 1st, and it precedes the Rose Bowl game. The events have grown in popularity and have draws viewers by the millions every year.
In addition to the Rose Bowl and Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena is also the home of many leading scientific and cultural institutions. It is home to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena Playhouse, the Norton Simon Museum of Art, as well as being the home of the first original Busch Garden. Old Pasadena is an area that has experience a revitalization and is home to many restaurants, shops and markets that many locals and tourists can enjoy year round.
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