Spring Street — 1907



If this image looking south on Spring Street on this 1907 postcard looks unfamiliar, there’s a reason. Most of the buildings are gone and Spring Street was straightened out to make way for City Hall. The postcard is listed on EBay for $5.

SPRING STREET REVISITED – a series of posts I wrote when the blog was at latimes.com


So you can get your bearings, the large building on the right, the Hotel Nadeau, was at 1st Street and Spring and was demolished to make way for The Times Building.


Notice the horse-drawn vehicles, the streetcars and the streetlights. It’s a bit hard to tell, but it looks like Spring at this point was paved with brick.

Also notice that there are no traffic controls: No stop lights, no traffic officers. No crosswalks. Nothing. People are crossing the street at random. This was an interesting time for transportation in Los Angeles. Ever wonder what happened when a streetcar hit a horse? That’s a story for another day.

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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3 Responses to Spring Street — 1907

  1. aryedirect says:

    That’s why it’s called Spring Street, it bounces back…


  2. Tony sperl says:

    Most of Downtown Los Angeles was paved with brick. Actually every street south of 1st and east of Alameda in 1907 was residential. The last remaining home was torn down at 5th and Seaton 10 years ago.


    • lmharnisch says:

      Paving in Los Angeles — even downtown — was a gradual process. There are plenty of photos of streets with deep mud holes. It’s actually kind of shocking. When Los Angeles switched from horse-drawn streetcars to cable cars, there was the specification that there had to be paving at least for the width of tracks and of course the slot through which the car grabbed the cable.


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