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6th & Main: 1950

6th & Main: 1950

This photo was taken by my close friend and fellow transit historian, Kenneth L. Douglas (1929-2017), who was born and raised in Huntington Park, Los Angeles. Ken gave me this 35mm slide about 1959, at the time I first became acquainted with him while we were both residents of Philadelphia.

The photo looks north at the intersection of Main and 6th Street opposite the main terminal of the Pacific Electric Ry. The clock registers 2:30 PM and the slide is dated August 22, 1950. A sharp eye will see LA City Hall in the distance at 1st and Main, and learn a lot about the state of the economy in the day.

Two different gauge tracks visible are used by two different trolley companies, Pacific Electric (the red cars) and Los Angeles Transit Lines (the yellow cars) along with overhead power to a trackless trolley (fourth vehicle in line), a diesel bus (fifth in line) and various other modes of transportation of the day.

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