Sierra Madre is historically linked to the old mountain resorts of the San Gabriel Mountains and Valley. The Sierra Madre Villa Hotel was a pioneer of summer resorts that populated the San Gabriel Valley in the late-1800s. The municipality also operates maintains the landmark Lizzie’s Trail inn at the head of Old Mount Wilson Trail.
Sierra Madre is known for its annual Wistaria Festival (an alternative spelling of Wisteria), which celebrates its 114 year old, 1+ acre Chinese wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) vine. The plant was named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest blooming plant and one of the seven horticultural wonders of the world. The annual festival is the one day a year the 115 year old vine on private property can be viewed.
The town is also home to the only remaining volunteer fire department in the Greater Los Angeles area and has no traffic signals within its town limits. With the appointment of former Pasadena Police Department Cmdr. Marilyn Diaz as Police Chief on March 14, 2006, the Sierra Madre Police Department became the first municipal police department in Los Angeles County to have a female Chief. As reported by KCAL television in 2006, there are currently 17 sworn members of the Sierra Madre Police Department.
In the northern and northeastern portions of the city are the Lower and Upper Sierra Madre Canyons. These small communities are noted for their narrow and winding roads, lush vegetation, views of the San Gabriel Valley, and small bungalows or cabins
Points of Interest:
Wistaria Festival: Sierra Madre has the world's largest blossoming plant, a Wistaria that's called One of the Seven Horticultural Wonders of the World. The plant is over 100 years old, and a festival each year attracts thousands to see this monstrous, gorgeous specimen filled with fragrance and displaying shades of purple and lavender.
Pioneer Cemetary: Sits on 2.3 beautiful acres. Was established in 1882 by Nathaniel Carter, the founder of the city and sits among coastal live oaks and Englemann oaks. Many of the original founding families of Sierra Madre are buried here, as are veterans from the Civil War to Vietnam.
Lizzie's Trail Inn and Richardson House: Nestled at the foot of the historic Mount Wilson Trail are Lizzie's Trail Inn, which began life as a lunch stand and Richardson House began as a small 2-room pioneer cabin. Both were built in the 1890s and today are museums open to the public.
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