Sierra Madre Boulevard

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Central Ave, Sierra Madre CA in 1904, now called Sierra Madre Blvd. A mule team is grading the Ave for the installation of the 1905 Pacific Electric street car, in the background is the Old North Church with the its original barn roof bell tower.
Sierra Madre Blvd. at Baldwin in 1908 with PE line Depot and the Hotel Shirley in background
Original 1890 Sierra Madre City Library, built in 1887 on Sierra Madre Blvd.
Sierra Madre Boulevard in Lamanda Park, Pasadena and San Gabriel Mountains in eastern Pasadena

Sierra Madre Boulevard is a 6.6-mile (10.6 km) long road connecting five suburbs of Pasadena, California; Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Hastings Ranch, East Pasadena, and San Marino.

For the most part, it is a winding road divided by a grassy median, but the part between Pasadena and Arcadia is a two-lane road.

It was built around the Pacific Electric Railway—Sierra Madre interurban line. The smaller and older portion of the road was originally Central Avenue in Sierra Madre, built some time in the 1860s or 1870s. The road forms a "┌" shape, starting at Elevado Avenue in Arcadia heading west and ends at Huntington Drive in San Marino. At Huntington Drive the road continues south as San Marino Ave, ending at Clary Ave, near S. Del Mar Ave.

The section of Sierra Madre Boulevard between Washington Boulevard and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue is the end of the Tournament of Roses Parade. Floats are display the day after the Roses Parade on Sierra Madre Boulevard. Much of the boulevard in Pasadena has large grass median strip area between the lanes, that was part of the Pacific Electric street car in the past.

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