The Indian Village.
“Mr. Antonio Apache has gathered typical groups of Indians from the various American tribes, who live in their primitive habitations, wear their native dress, and work at their aboriginal handicrafts. The principal exhibition building is an exact reproduction of one of the old Maya Palaces of Yucatan. Chief Son-i-hat’s house and totem-pole, brought from Alaska are also located here.”  The Pacific Electric, quick to seize an opportunity, added an “Indian Village” stop to its Pasadena/Monrovia Line. By 1911 this had been complemented by the Luna amusement park, featuring rides, a fun house and other attractions.

On the outskirts of the city, near Eastlake Park, is the Indian Crafts Exhibition.
Which contains rare collections of aboriginal handiwork
Indians may be seen making baskets, pottery and blankets.
This area was near Lincoln Park consisting of 15 acres at a cost of $50,000.
Address was "Mission Road near Eastlake Park".
 (North Broadway and Mission Road)
ca 1909 (Probably through the teens).

Presented was an Indian Crafts Exhibition before WW1.
Genuine Indians goods and souvenirs were sold.
Reportedly had the largest stock in America of Navaho blankets,
rugs, and silver work a specialty.

(Photo emailed to me. Sorry...I lost the sender's name)
(Excuse the poor image..that's how I received it)
Check out these make up Indians. The Indian Village was a tourist
spot along a streetcar stop in Lincoln Heights. Looks like some
folks dressed up as Indians and work there or tourists posed for this picture.

This was the home and totem pole of Chief Sonihat.
The house and totem pole was brought in from an Indian Village in Alaska.
Mr. Selig kept these for his zoo/movie studio after the Indian Village closed down.

Was he visiting or working at the Indian Village?
Background hill looks like Ascot Hill.
ca 1908

Indian Village back
Mention in the postcard above is, "We have the Real Ramona for a few days only."
The San Jacinto Register for January 23, 1908 reports that Ramona Lubo was just back from "the Indian village at Eastlake Park" where she had been hired by "Captain Antonio Apache", "for exhibition at the Indian village and her presence was widely advertised by posters and by streamers on the street cars of the city, as well as in the papers ...
and thousands of people went there to see her."
Indian Village front



Sioux Indians in Indian Village

Hop on to the Indian Village

 Trolley Trip by the Sea to the Orange Groves.
The reverse of the cards says,
"Through the orange groves at Oak Knoll showing Hotel Wentworth.
Seen on Tilton's Trolley Trip, 100 miles for 100 cents,
which includes free admission to the San Gabriel Mission or Giant Grape Vine,
and the Los Angeles Ostrich Farm, or Indian Village.
First car leaves 9 a.m. from Pacific Electric Depot,
corner 6th and Main Streets, Los Angeles, every day.
Reserved seats. No crowding".

Back to Lincoln Heights L.A.