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L.A. Then and Now: Peacocks are one of Arcadia founder's legacies

May 8, 2010 12:47:00 AM - latimes.com
Hundreds of the colorful birds roam the L.A. County Arboretum & Botanic Garden and nearby neighborhoods. They all trace back to a few fowl 'Lucky' Baldwin picked up on a trip to India around 1880.

Elias J. "Lucky" Baldwin, the flamboyant founder of Arcadia, was no stranger to controversy. When pushing for cityhood in 1903, he was accused of illegally inflating population figures. Others claimed he wanted to create a city only for the purposes of "ribaldry, racing, gambling and gaming."