Driving Survey–Route 6

Here’s my jaunt down Route 6: Arcadia to the Auto Club on South
Figueroa. Note that I had to alter the route since Figueroa is a
one-way street north of Olympic. Also note that I made the trip on a
Sunday afternoon rather than rush hour. Still, I beat the 1957 drive
time of 47 minutes by 5 minutes. (Also note that I followed the posted
speed limits at all times). I have to say, it’s a nice, easy route
until Chinatown, which is not my favorite place to drive.  And I would
never go through downtown L.A. on Broadway during rush hour.


Photographs by Larry Harnisch Los Angeles Times
Huntington Drive and Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, 4:30 p.m. (Yes, I know I’m heading the wrong way).


Huntington and Golden West Avenue, 4:30 p.m. Notice the wide center median in Arcadia. San Marino. This used to be the right of way for streetcar tracks.


Huntington and Rosemead Boulevard, 4:31 p.m.


Huntington and San Gabriel Boulevard, 4:33 p.m.


Huntington and San Marino Avenue, 4:36 p.m.

Huntington and Oak Knoll Avenue, 4:39 p.m.

Huntington and Los Robles Avenue, 4:40 p.m.

Huntington and Marengo Avenue, 4:41 p.m.

Huntington and Fair Oaks Avenue, 4:42 p.m.

Huntington and Fremont Avenue, 4:43 p.m.

Huntington and Pueblo Avenue, 4:47 p.m.

Huntington and Monterey Road, 4:47 p.m. (I made such good time that I didn’t even get a chance to take  pictures).


Huntington and Mission Road, 4:50 p.m.


Huntington and North Broadway, 4:51 p.m.


Broadway and Johnston Street, 4:53 p.m.


Broadway and Avenue 22, 4:54 p.m.


Broadway and Interstate 5, 4:55 p.m. (Shout out to Kim and Richard at 1947project HQ!) 


Broadway and North Spring Street, 4:55 p.m.


Broadway and Solano Avenue, 4:56 p.m. (Shout out to the cornfield!)


Broadway and Bernard Street, 4:57 p.m.


Broadway and Ord Street, 4:59 p.m. (Shout out to Philippe!)


Broadway and Arcadia Street, 4:59 p.m. (Shout out to the Hall of Justice! You knew there was once a huge tunnel here, right?)


Broadway and 1st Street, 5 p.m. (Shout out to The Times Building!)


Broadway and 2nd Street, 5:01 p.m.


Broadway and 3rd Street, 5:01 p.m. (Shout out to the Bradbury Building, the Million Dollar Theater and Grand Central Market!)


Broadway and 6th Street, 5:03 p.m. In the heart of downtown’s theater district.


Broadway and 8th Street, 5:04 p.m. (Shout out to the Tower and Orpheum theaters!)


Broadway and Olympic Boulevard, 5:05 p.m. (10th Street was renamed Olympic for the 1932 Los Angeles Games. You knew that, right?)

Olympic and Hill Street, 5:05 p.m.

Olympic and Olive Street, 5:06 p.m.


Olympic and Grand Avenue, 5:06 p.m.


Olympic and Figueroa Street, 5:07 p.m. (Hey, there’s a bus–shout out to mass transit!)


Figueroa and Pico Boulevard, 5:09 p.m.


Figueroa and Venice Boulevard, 5:09 p.m. (Shout out to the Santa Monica Freeway and Patriotic Hall!)


Figueroa and Washington Boulevard, 5:11 p.m.


Figueroa and Adams Boulevard, 5:12 p.m. (Hey, there’s another bus. Shout out to mass transit!) 

Total miles: 15.4; time: 42 minutes.

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1 Response to Driving Survey–Route 6

  1. J-Man says:

    That “wide center median in San Marino” is actually in Arcadia. San Marino doesn’t begin until you get west of San Gabriel Blvd., two photos later.
    –Right you are…. Thanks for keeping me honest!


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