For every street, there's a history. KPCC has found some of the stories you can find right under your tires.
Hosted by KPCC
Airs Occasionally

Elevado Avenue, Arcadia

No one wants to say they live in a pig sty. That’s why a pair of Pasadena developers changed a street name.

Charles R. Foote bought land in Arcadia in 1886 and named the street after his home in Massachusetts: Berkshire.

He later sold the land to a pair of real estate developers who had some rather grand ideas. Historian Sid Gally says the problem was that at the time, Berkshire meant something else to most Americans.

Gally says in all the country west of New York, the name Berkshire is so thoroughly identified with a favorite breed of hogs. "Everybody who sees the name of the street will at once think hog and we don’t want people to think hog on our street. So they changed the name to Elevado, which means Spanish for elevated or way up."

But whether the elevation referred to the topography or the price of the land is still a mystery today.