Cawston Ostrich Farm

Cawston Ostrich Farm (HM2EHO)

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N 34° 6.711', W 118° 10.48'

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1896 - 1935

In 1885, Edwin Cawston chartered a ship for the purpose of transporting from South Africa to America some of the best ostriches obtainable in the world. Of the original 50 fine birds only 18 survived the five week voyage to Galveston and hazardous railroad journey to their new home in Southern California. The ostrich farm opened at this 9 acre site in South Pasadena in 1896.

The Cawston Ostrich Farm was the premier tourist attraction of its day. The long plumes and feathers of the giant birds were widely sought after and used by fashion designers. Just a few feet from this site stood the building where the feathers could be seen being processed. Hats, boas, capes, and fans were made from the feathers and shipped throughout the world.

The boundaries of the ostrich farm were a triangle created by Pasadena Avenue, the railroad tracks paralleling Monterey Road, and Sycamore Avenue. (Marker Number 18.)
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Date Added Friday, February 22nd, 2019 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 391661 N 3775180
Decimal Degrees34.11185000, -118.17466667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 6.711', W 118° 10.48'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 6' 42.66" N, 118° 10' 28.8" W
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