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The Cable Car Took Us There 11.27.09

November 26, 2009

The Cape Horn Cable Car Viaduct over the Southern Pacific Rail Yard (now Los Angeles State Historic Park) 1890. courtesy of the Metro Library and Archive.

On this day after Thanksgiving, comes a photo taken before Thanksgiving Day was even a holiday. In 1890 Los Angeles was a young and growing city with a population that needed to get around town easily with the most advanced transport possible. When they weren’t riding their dandy safety bicycles, they turned to the efficient cable car to get them over the pueblo’s steepest hills.

In this photo is the Los Angeles Cable Railway that traveled from 7th Street and Grand Avenue to Downey Avenue (now North Broadway) and Pritchard Avenue (now Lincoln Park Avenue) from 1889 to 1896. The so-called, Cape Horn Viaduct was an elevated track that traveled over the rail lines of the Southern Pacific Rail Yard, over the Los Angeles River and into Lincoln Heights. The warning sign in the photo seems to indicate that even then keeping vehicle traffic separated was an issue.  (Thanks to the Cable Car Home Page for background information.)

The vacant Capital Milling Company with a different elevated train line running past it 119 years later.

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