Tag Archives: Streetcars

How to Drive on Streetcar Tracks

Here’s a short clip I did in 2006.

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Nov. 20, 1907: Police Capture Streetcar Bandits

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 20, 1907 Los Angeles Police battling the current crime wave say they have arrested two men who staged daring holdups on the Ascot Park and Eastlake streetcars, robbing the motormen and … Continue reading

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Nov. 4, 1907: Final Crash Finishes Off Ford Runabout, but Driver Survives to Race Again

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 4, 1907 Los Angeles About a year ago, Eugene Rowe’s little runabout was smashed by a trolley. After some repairs, it won a trophy, but a month later, it was wrecked … Continue reading

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Oct. 31, 1907: Streetcar Crash at Spring and 2nd Kills 1, Injures 7

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Oct. 31, 1907 Los Angeles John J. Mooney, 23, a Southern Pacific machinist who recently arrived from Butte, Mont., was aboard the West 2nd Street car on his way to be initiated … Continue reading

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Oct. 22, 1907: Mayor’s Son Gives a Lesson in Identifying L.A. County Sheriff’s Badges

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Oct. 22, 1907 Los Angeles A trolley conductor at 4th Street and Hill complained to a patrolman that one of the passengers looked like a holdup man. The officer investigated and laughed … Continue reading

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Sept. 13, 1947: The Light Rail That Failed — Transit Plan Calls for Trains on Freeway Medians

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Someday an inquisitive person studying the history of transportation and urban planning will tell the world exactly what became of Los Angeles’ 1947 blueprint for dealing … Continue reading

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Sept. 13, 1907: Girl’s Foot Amputated After Being Crushed by Streetcar

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Sept. 13, 1907 Los Angeles The family was too poor to take a streetcar, so Concepcion Parra, 60, and her sister Mrs. J.L. Ghiotto began walking the 12 miles to El Monte … Continue reading

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Sept. 11, 1947: Driver of Beer Wagon Gets Revenge on Streetcars

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. “Big Bill,” driver for Maier & Zobelein, blockaded a procession of cars on Spring Street yesterday afternoon because he was insulted and angry. He had driven … Continue reading

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Aug. 10, 1947: North Broadway Tunnel, Doomed Downtown Landmark

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Building contractor Robert Beryle regarded the 762-foot Broadway tunnel, excavated in 1901 through Fort Moore Hill, as his masterpiece. Another crew was building the 1,045-foot 3rd … Continue reading

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June 8, 1947: Neighbors Organize to Block Workers for Trackless Trolleys

  Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Perhaps one of most the common and ingrained bits of wisdom about old Los Angeles is the vast conspiracy of bus companies and car dealers … Continue reading

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May 1, 1907: Runaway Horses and a Fleeing Motorcyclist on the Dangerous Streets of L.A.

Motorcycle Hits Her Miss Gertrude Young, who lives at No. 525 Wall St., was knocked down by a motorcycle yesterday as she stepped from a streetcar at 7th and Hope streets. The rider of the machine hastened away. Miss Young … Continue reading

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Black L.A., 1947: Reward Offered for Leads in Streetcar Conductor’s Killing

1117 E. 58th St., where streetcar conductor Harold D. Moon was robbed and killed, March 30, 1947, via Google Street View. April 3, 1947: Harold D. Moon, a conductor on the “U” streetcar, was shot in the back and robbed … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Late-Night Streetcar Service Captures the Heartbeat of the City

Feb. 27, 1947: I missed this ad for Los Angeles Transit Lines in my previous pass through the Sentinel and I just had to run it. Militant Angeleno: This is for you!

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March 8, 1907: Streetcar Conductor Beats Wagon Driver With Crowbar for Blocking Tracks

Note: This is an encore post from 2007. March 8, 1907 Los Angeles

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Jan. 3, 1947: Actress Helen Walker Hurt in Crash That Kills Soldier, Injures 2 Others

Yes, this is the Jan. 2, 1947, comics page, which pops up for Jan. 3, 1947. Note: This is a post that I wrote in 2006 for the 1947project. This is one of those days where there’s too much to … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 18

    This Google map shows several possible routes from Georgette Bauerdorf’s apartment to the location where the car was found. Whoever took the car had any number of options on where to dump it. Recall that the car, a … Continue reading

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1944 in Music — Oscar Levant and Leonard Bernstein at the Hollywood Bowl, Aug. 22, 1944

Aug. 22, 1944 The Times encourages readers to save copies of the paper for reuse in the war effort. Let’s hear it for recycling! Keith Hallock gets a kiss from Warner Bros.’ Joyce Reynolds for being the first to volunteer … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 28, 1944

Feb. 28, 1944 Man With a Press Pass in His Hat At about 8:30 the other Monday night (during a heavy rainstorm) a packed Amsterdam Avenue trolley stopped at 128th Street. The conductor got out — went to a bar … Continue reading

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Fatal Fury

Note: This is a story I originally wrote in 2006 for the 1947project and I’m reposting it for newer readers. Nov. 16, 1907: Mrs. Amanda Cook (she is also identified as Jennie and Mary) came to Los Angeles from Boston … Continue reading

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Downtown Los Angeles: Broadway

This postcard, marked 1909, showing Broadway, looking north just below 4th Street, has been listed on EBay. Bidding starts at $8.95. And for comparison, here’s what it looks like on Google Street View. Let’s take a closer look.

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