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VOLUME 17 NO. 35VOLUME 17 NO. 35

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The property is now an historic landmark in Sierra Madre

By Kevin McGuire

City Council held a public hearing on August 22, 2023, to consider 
designating Lizzie’s Trail Inn as a local historical landmark 
to be included in the Sierra Madre Register of Designated Historic 

Vincent Gonzalez, the Director of Planning and Community 
Preservation, gave a presentation on Lizzie’s Trail Inn and the adjacent 
Richardson House during the regular City Council Meeting 
on Tuesday.

The city museum, located at 165 E. Mira Monte Avenue by the 
base of Mt. Wilson Trail, operated as a refreshment stand and 
was built between 1890 and 1900. It meets the historical criteria 
to be designated as a local cultural landmark because it’s closely 
associated with the city's early settlement, residential development, 
and early recreational Mt. Wilson Trail expeditions, according 
to a report by Sapphos Environmental, Inc. The 
builders are unknown, and the vernacular architecture 
was pretty standard then, so the property does not meet 
the architectural criteria. 

The Richardson House, a second museum next door to 
Lizzie’s, was previously designated as a historical landmark 
by the Cultural Heritage Commission, though no 
historical preservation report exists. It is considered the 
oldest residential building in Sierra Madre, circa 1864. 
The city owns both properties, and The Sierra Madre 
Historical Preservation Society currently operates and 
maintains both museums.

Due to the architectural insignificance and many renovations, 
neither property qualified to be added to the 
National Register of Historic Places or the California 

John Richardson owned the original land West of 
Mount Wilson Trail in the early 1860s. Before Lizzie’s, as early as 
1890, a lunch stand served hungry and thirsty hikers. The rustic 
Lizzie’s Trail Inn continued the operation after its purchase in 
1925, with ravioli and fried chicken as their main dishes. During 
Prohibition, an illegal still was hidden behind the and serving 
distilled spirits to partaking patrons. The Inn and The Richardson 
House were relocated to the Mira Monte location in 1913 to 
accommodate the construction of a water tank at its original location. 
This move did not affect its chances of becoming a local 
historical landmark. 

Lizzie’s was almost lost due to its age and several earthquakes, 
but it was saved and received numerous repairs, including electrical, 
paint, and some foundation work. The Historical Society 
has handled those repairs for many years. 

Lizzie’s Trail Inn was named after Elizabeth Louisa “Lizzie” 
Adler Weiss Stoppel McElwain, who was born in 1888 and immigrated 
to America from the Russian Empire in what is now 
Ukraine and purchased the property in 1925 from (cont. page 3)

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