I picked up “A Southern California Album: Selected Photographs, 1880-1900” at the Last Bookstore the other day and was pleased to discover a number of pictures by C.C. Pierce, including this shot of Main Street looking south from 3rd Street in 1906.
And just for contrast, here it is now via Google’s Street View.
There are many intriguing aspects of the Pierce photo, but this caught my attention:
I don’t recall ever seeing what I assume are double-gauge tracks in the street, on Main or on any other downtown artery.
“A Southern California Album,” by Wayne Bonnett with a foreword by Gary F. Kurutz, was published in 2006 by the Windgate Press and features photographs from the California State Library. Unfortunately, the book is apparently out of print but is listed on Bookfinder from $13 to $88. My copy happens to be inscribed by Mead Kibbey, the collector who found hundreds of photos and negatives by William H. Fletcher and turned them over to the state library.