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View of downtown Los Angeles, showing the Pacific Electric Building, Main Street and Sixth Street, Los Angeles, [s.d.].



Photograph of a view of downtown Los Angeles, showing the Pacific Electric Building, looking down Main Street with Sixth Street intersection in view, Los Angeles, [s.d.]. The buildings in the foreground are about nine-stories tall. A majority of the buildings in the distance are less than four-stories tall. Notable buildings are the Pacific Electric Building (at right) and the Wells Fargo & Co. Express Building (at left). The Pacific Electric Building has a large underpass that cuts through the southern portion of the building. It provides passage for electric streetcars. The streets are filled with pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Horse-drawn carriages and early-model vehicles are parked along the curbs of the sidewals. Utility lines zigzag across the street.; Legible signs include: "Wells Fargo & Co. Express", on a streetcar "Los Angeles, 334", "Pennsylvania Railroad System, passenger office", "New York Short Line", "Union Line freight office, Pennsylvania Lines", "clothing", "Dodge Bros", "Orange Blossom Extention Mines [...] Co.", "Hodgman & Holcome Incorporated".; "Main Street goes southwards off to the right; Sixth Street goes eastward towards San Pedro Street, Alameda Street, the industrial area. On the southeast corner of Sixth and Main is the Pacific Electric Building, designed by mega-mogul Henry Huntington. Considered the tallest building west of the Mississippi, it was at the time (circa.1908), the main terminal for the Pacific Electric Railway. The Pacific Electric Building was once the center for electric streetcars for Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, making it the hub for the largest interurban electric train system in the world. It is listed as a Historic-Cultural Monument (#104) as of 1989." -- unknown author

Topics: railroad features, Street-railroads; Electric railroads; Tunnels; Terminals (Transportation)
Publisher: University of Southern California. Libraries
Year: 2000
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