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The Trolley Took Us There 06.18.10

June 18, 2010

The LARy 5 Line at Colorado Boulevard and Townsend Avenue in Eagle Rock gets ready to head to Inglewood and Hawthorne in the late 1940's. Photo by Alan Weeks via The Metro Library and Archive.

The end of Los Angeles Railway’s 5 Line was at the corner of Townsend and Colorado in Eagle Rock. That large median there today is where the Yellow Car ran 60 years ago.

1600 Colorado Blvd. Photo by Alan Weeks via The Metro Library and Archive.

From 1907 to 1961 the trolley went from Eagle Rock to Hawthorne. It was Los Angeles Railway’s longest line, running over 23 miles. It is why Eagle Rock looks the way it does with few mini malls and many street-fronted stores that were established during this time when the streetcar brought people to the neighborhood. Eagle Rock was originally developed with the pedestrian in mind, with the streetcar being a central feature to facilitate this.

The LARy Yellow Car on Colorado Boulevard near Vincent Avenue in the late 1940s. Wharton's Nursery on the left is about where Le Petit Beaujolais is today. Photo by Alan Weeks via the Metro Library and Archive.

This was the end of the line, from this point an Eagle Rocker could walk from their single family home and catch the streetcar to downtown or all the way to Hawthorne. Be it business, shopping, or a day betting on the horses at Hollywood Park, it was all just a few steps away on the Eagle Rock 5 Line.

1600 Colorado Boulevard late 1940's. Photo by Alan Weeks via The Metro Library and Archive.

1600 Colorado in Eagle Rock today.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Colette (Grace) DeLaOssa permalink
    June 22, 2010 10:18 am

    Love these old photos. Hard to believe how different things were. I started living in Eagle Rock at a year old in 1958 until 1997. Love Eagle Rock.

  2. July 27, 2010 3:45 pm

    “The LARy Yellow Car on Colorado Boulevard near Vincent Avenue in the late 1940s.”

    this has gotta be wrong : Wharton’s Nursery was on Eagle Rock Blvd, not Colorado…
    love this blog.

    • July 27, 2010 10:32 pm

      Thanks. I’m 99% sure that picture is on Colorado. It’s likely that Wharton’s moved from Colorado to Eagle Rock Blvd sometime after the photo was taken in the 1940′s.

  3. July 29, 2010 7:25 am

    I stand corrected! Thanks. Vividly remember visits there in the late 1950′s.

  4. M. Woodill permalink
    August 28, 2010 11:38 pm

    The 5Line was cut back to E.R. Blvd in about 1947/48, if I recall correctly. The drugstore on the corner of E.R. Blvd and Colorado was “Grogan’s” and they had a large landscape painting done by my grandfather Frank E. Tedrick, a member of the old E.R. Art Colony. My parents used to own a home on Redwood Dr. on Poppy Hill just into Pasadena. There were very few houses and not a lot of trees. Poison oak was plentiful however.

  5. George E. Ellison permalink
    February 24, 2012 10:21 am

    The Yellow Cars stopped running on the “5″ Line in 1955. Buses replaced them.

    George Ellison

  6. J W Getzelman permalink
    November 17, 2013 3:57 am

    Whartons nursery corner of E.R. Blvd and Fairpark.
    Dirt parking now.

  7. Justin permalink
    December 31, 2013 12:33 am

    Does anyone have any old pictures showing the old street car tracks on Figueroa Street going into Eagle Rock.
    The old street car went off of Figueroa by Buena Vista into the neighborhood on it’s own right of way where the community garden is today.
    Was there a bridge crossing Figueroa?


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