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THIS WEEK THE BEAR VISITS THE LAST FORMER VAN DE KAMP’S HOLLAND DUTCH BAKERY WINDMILL IN ARCADIA!

In 1915, Theodore J. Van de Kamp founded the Van De Kamp’s Holland Dutch Bakeries in Los Angeles. The chain's founding story was emblematic of many Angelenos; settlers coming from all around the world to the LA area to start anew. It initially started as a potato chip stand and evolved into a bakery & restaurant chain. In 1930, Van de Kamp redesigned his restaurants with their trademark blue windmills. At the company’s height, 320 of these iconic bakeries dotted the West Coast. 

After owner Theodore Van de Kamp passed away, the restaurants were sold and only a few remained. The city of Arcadia is one of those fortunate cities to have a former Van de Kamp Holland Windmill. The trademark windmill has watched the surrounding area explode in population throughout the years, and has changed ownership and restaurant names many times. The Arcadia Van de Kamp Windmill continues to spin and is one of the last to be found in Southern California.

Temple Sheriff Station patrols the nearby areas of unincorporated county areas of Monrovia & Arcadia as well as the city of Duarte, traversing the area of the windmill on the way to calls in their jurisdiction. Temple station also handles law enforcement services for: Bradbury, Rosemead, South El Monte, Temple City, North San Gabriel, East Pasadena and South San Gabriel. 

If you wish to look at this last standing Van de Kamp landmark, head on over to the city of Arcadia. The restaurant is located on Santa Anita Avenue and Huntington Drive.

If you see one of our fine Temple Station Deputies passing by, please take a moment to say, “Hello.”