The Trolley Took Us There 06.04.10
This series The Trolley Took Us There is inspired by the Metro Library and Archive’s Flickr collection of historic transit photos of Los Angeles. The transit Mecca that is Highland Park is predominately featured in their collection with Kodachrome shots like the one above. This photo taken around 1954 shows the W passing the Southwest Museum that Northeast Los Angeles hero, Charles Lummis founded in 1906.
Charles Lummis was lucky enough to live near five rail lines in his day. There was the trolley on Griffin Avenue, the L.A. & Salt Lake Railroad (later Southern Pacific) that ran next to his property, the Pacific Electric trolley that ran along Pasadena Avenue (Figueroa Street), the Santa Fe Railroad seen on the left where the Gold Line runs today, and the W that ran along Marmion Way here. In 1910 he could have taken any number of these railroads to his job as City Librarian in downtown Los Angeles, but instead prefered the comfort of working from his home, El Alisal. So much so, that the Library had to fire him partly because he refused to make that 4 mile trek into town.