Learning About Montrose … One Step at a Time

By Marissa GOULD, intern

Did you know that Ocean View Boulevard is so wide because a railroad used to run through it? Or that a building on the corner of Honolulu Avenue and Ocean View is actually the oldest building in Montrose? Well, now you know. All these historical facts and more were supplied by Robert Newcomb on Saturday

morning during his Historical Tour of Montrose.

Newcomb, co-author of the book “La Crescenta: Images of America,” shared his knowledge of the Crescenta-Cañada area during the tour that started in front of Once Upon a Time in the 2100 block of Honolulu. Newcomb led patrons down Honolulu, making stops along the way to tell the history of several buildings. The tourists learned about the history of Faye’s and other businesses that have been in Montrose for years. They also learned of some of the unique architectural features of several of the structures.

For those who missed Saturday’s tour, there are plaques along the ground at key locations throughout Montrose. These plaques detail some of the rich history of the area.