Arcadia is located in southwestern California in Los Angeles County about 13 miles from downtown Los Angeles. It has a population of about 60,000 residents.
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden Information:
The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden consists of 127 acres. It is an arboretum, botanical garden, and historical site near the San Gabriel Mountains, located at 301 North Baldwin Avenue in Arcadia, California.
Some believe that there was once a permanent Native American habitation near the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Garden. No excavation work has been done on the lands utilized by the arboretum and botanical gardens, but there was an excavation done nearby at the Hugo Reid Adobe.
In 1875, Elias Jackson, also known as “Lucky” Baldwin bought the Rancho Santa Anita and constructed the buildings. The first liquor license in Arcadia was granted to Lucky Baldwin’s daughter, Clara Baldwin, which was important because many surrounding California communities had banned alcohol. Lucky Baldwin started an award winning winery.
The Los Angeles County Arboretum was established in 1947 when California and Los Angeles jointly purchased 111 acres to create the arboretum around the Baldwin site. By 1951, the first 1,000 trees were planted and by 1956, the arboretum was opened to the public.
Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance promoted himself as an Indian. He spoke out vehemently about how the government treated his people unrighteously. Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance claimed to have been born a Blackfoot Indian in Montana.
Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance, however, was actually Sylvester Clark Long, a child born to ex-slaves in 1890 in North Carolina. His true identity was exposed during the filming of “The Silent Enemy” in which Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance played a Native American character. After being exposed as an African American, he began drinking too much and, in 1932, he committed suicide at Lucky Baldwin’s home by shooting himself in the head.
Ghosts and the Paranormal at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California:
The Queen Ann Cottage is reported by many to be haunted. The apparitions of Lucky Baldwin and one of his wives have been reported at this location. Lucky Baldwin’s wife died of cancer inside the Queen Ann Cottage.
The apparition of Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance has also been reported. He is even said to have shown up on the set of Fantasy Island (which was filmed here).
Disembodied moaning sounds have been reported at the Queen Ann Cottage. Some have also reported smelling food cooking and seen strange anomalies walking in the gardens at night. One visitor reported seeing a strange mist in broad daylight that looked somewhat like water evaporating near the coach house.
Visitors to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens have also reported hearing disembodied sounds of horses neighing when there are no horses nearby.
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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA California 91007, USA