Bridle trails and horses have been an important part of life for residents of La Cañada Flintridge since it was first subdivided in the 1920s. Over the years, many residents have kept horses on their properties and the Karig family, who bought a place on Woodleigh Lane in 1950 for $45,000, was no exception.
The house itself was a small ranch house built in 1937, but the draw was the enormous backyard with lots of space and access to the riding trails for the four Karig children, explained Mary Karig Durso.
“Dad bought the place, just below Foothill Boulevard, because there were so many of us—my older brother Dan, myself, then Fred and Barbara,” she said. “There was so much to do. We had a badminton court, a pool and a place for horses. Each of us at different times had a horse, so we had to clean the corral, brush the horse and care for it.”