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Biking in Suburbia: 1968

Biking in Suburbia: 1968

My younger brother, riding his new bike. Our street was a cul-de-sac in Walnut, California. This was probably around 1968. It was a good place for kids to explore the nearby hills. We learned to ride bikes, spend weekend mornings hiking the hills, and staying away from our parents. On our little street, things were mostly like they were in so-called "the good old days." View full size.

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Possibly in '69 or '70

The car in the driveway across the street is a 1970 Olds Delta 88 (we can't see the taillights, but the wheelcover is 1970) in Burnished Gold. So that tells me this must have been later in 1969, or maybe 1970.

Great handlebars

Love the handlebars on the bike and his red shirt, matching the bike too! This could have easily been one of my brothers. I'm the baby born in 68 with two older brothers. We grew up on a suburban street in California, but a different city.


Looks like a 1968 Dodge truck behind Junior; and a pretty fancy one at that. It appears to have the chrome grill and bumper options as well as two-tone paint and possibly color coordinated side trim.

California dreamin'

Having a big case of the "American Dream" (and I could be more precise saying it's more a case of "California Dreamin'" than anything else), and being born in 1968, this picture is like an invitation for me.

An invitation to dream that it's me on that bike, growing up in California in the 70's as a child, and then as a teenager in the 80's.

Thank you.

Fond memories

I was living at the Temple Grand Apartments when this was taken. Collegewood was a great place to go for a walk after a long night of hitting the books. I was working full time at the Market Basket on the other side of the hill on Badillo and Grand while carrying a full load at MSAC. Some truly life changing experiences took place just down the hill from where this was taken. Thanks for posting this.

Lassiter Drive - 1965-1967

Very cool! I lived on Lassiter Drive in the lower Collegwood section. We tween-agers used to range far and wide into the surrounding hills. Tatantulas were a common sight, and there were still lemon groves and active cattle raches within biking distance.

Beautiful Color!

Love to see a current day shot from this same vantage point, bet those trees have matured beautifully.
Thanks Mvsman!

Location information

There was a tract called Collegewood directly across from the college, and a newer one to the north of and above the school. They were referred to as upper and lower Collegewood. These homes were built from 1962 to about 1965.

We lived in the area above Mt.Sac (where I began my post high school academic career). As I recall, my folks paid $28,000 for our home.

Walnut, in the early and mid 1960s, was a rural oasis surrounded by more crowded suburban cities, which were hidden from view by rolling hills.

It's different now, of course, but the remnants of the old days are still there.

Thanks for your question.


Could this be in the Collegeood tract across Temple Blvd. from Mt. San Antonio Jr. College?

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