Take a look around Pasadena and you might not notice any monumental changes, but longtime residents may remember a different way of life. In the 1940s and 1950s, James Brown sang for families who brought their children to ride the Ferris wheel at Beechwood Park. From 1954 to 1978, Pasadena had a drive-in movie theater, and a cinema occupied Jumpers Hole Road from 1974 to 2005. Over the years, the peninsula grew, reaching a total of 12 public schools, four fire companies, and many local businesses and civic groups that are entrenched in the community.
Join us in a walk down memory lane. Even if you weren’t born during the years when some of these photos were snapped, chances are that you can still spot these local landmarks. Play along by guessing and by spotting the answer in the next month’s print edition, or follow the Pasadena Voice on Facebook to engage in a discussion.
Our first photo was taken in November 1946 and later included in the book “Anne Arundel County: A Pictorial History,” published by Jacques Kelly in 1989. Can you name this structure, which was in use from 1912 to 1946? If not, don’t fret. We’ll consider it water under the bridge.