The Trolley Took Us There 06.18.10
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.
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.
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.