December 1st is the 200th anniversary of the birth of State Senator B. D. Wilson. Wilson, a native of Tennessee, served as Mayor of Los Angeles and founded the cities of Riverside, Pasadena, and San Gabriel. Mount Wilson, the tallest of the San Gabriel Mountains, was named for the Mayor after he led an early expedition to its summit.
An interesting family connection is that one of Mayor Wilson’s grandchildren served as a top General in the second World War. His daughter Ruth married attorney George S. Patton, and the couple had two children; George Jr. and Anne.