The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) stands as a testament to the diverse nature of the Arroyo Seco. For more than a half century, JPL has captured the public’s imagination for the exploration of space and the possibilities of human travel to other worlds. Its location in the Arroyo Seco (within a few miles of the Rose Bowl, Norton Simon Museum, Jackie Robinson Stadium, Colorado Street Bridge, Arroyo Seco Parkway, and Southwest Museum) further elevates the region as one of the greatest cultural wonders of the world. In the 1930s and 1940s residents who lived near this section of the arroyo recall hearing strange sounds, loud noises, and an occasional big bang. Adding a bit of romance to the storied history of the Arroyo Seco is the fact that where the Spanish explorers came to learn about the New World, two hundred years later the same land is used for building space probes leaving Earth to learn about other new worlds in our solar system and beyond.
THROWBACK THURSDAY IS WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY RICK THOMAS