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San Gabriel River bridge washed out by 1921 storm

San Gabriel River bridge washed out by 1921 storm

Dec. 20, 1921: New bridge over the San Gabriel River in El Monte is washed out following rainstorm.

An article in the Dec. 21, 1921, Los Angeles Times reported on the storm:

Mt. Wilson got a year’s supply of rain between daybreak and sunset yesterday and the entire south half of the state was given another soaking. The Weather Bureau predicted that showers will continue throughout the night and possibly today.

Southern California is literally drenched in every nook and corner.

Last night the water in San Gabriel River was three feet lower than its peak point yesterday morning and Los Angeles River was well within the safety limit. Los Angeles caught 2.02 inches of rain yesterday, making a total of 4.10 inches for the storm and 5.36 for the season, against 2.93 inches for the corresponding date last season…

Reports from Mt. Wilson late yesterday were to the effect that a seventy-mile gale had swept the mountain early in the forenoon and that 16.29 inches of rain had fallen up to 5 p.m. yesterday…

This two-photo panorama was published on page one of the Dec. 21, 1921, Los Angeles Times. The image above was made from scans of the two original negatives located at the Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive at UCLA.

Front page of the Dec. 21, 1921, Los Angeles Times with the two-photo panorama. Credit: ProQuest.

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