Why is there a thoroughfare in Pasadena named Lake Avenue? There’s no lake nearby.


Photograph courtesy City of San Marino

Well, there’s no longer tar on La Brea Avenue, either (brea being Spanish for “tar,” you know). The lake in question once sat between the Huntington Gardens and the Old Mill but had evaporated by 1875. Lacy Park is now on the site. Maybe I should buy a shovel and start digging around Diamond Street downtown.