Jan. 30, 1907: Driver Abandons Wagon Stuck in Pothole at 1st and Spring


Note: This is an encore post from 2007.
Jan. 30, 1907
Los Angeles

Recent rains have left the city’s streets in terrible shape, as The Times shows in a photo taken at 1st Street and Spring.

This wagon, pulled by a strong team, plunged up to its hubs in one of the potholes and the horses were unable to free it. “Under the whip and vociferous admonitions of their driver, they were helpless to pull it out from the stinking muck in which, hub deep, it stood,” The Times says.

The driver abandoned the wagon, The Times says, posing an obstacle to all other traffic.

“Street conditions in Los Angeles never were so bad as they are today under our new-fangled, high-salaried and pompous Board of Public Works. When we had a street superintendent it was sometimes possible to ‘get a move on.’ ”

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About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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