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Traffic held up as sheep cross street

Traffic held up as sheep cross street

Oct. 17, 1955: With the help of policemen, sheep are moved across Ventura Blvd., in Woodland Hills.

A short article in the Oct. 18, 1955, Los Angeles Times explains:

Two policemen, three dogs, a shepherd, two goats and a few students from Pierce College combined their talents yesterday to help Nick Costa of Calabasas lead a band of 500 sheep across busy Ventura Blvd. to greener pastures in Woodland Hills.

Costa appealed for police help to stem the tide of traffic while he moved his flock a mile and a half from Winnetka Ave. and Vanowen St., where they had eaten everything in sight.

Cars were backed up for a half mile in each direction as the bleating parade of sheep ambled across the pavement in a five-minute procession.

As the traffic flow was started again, Costa spotted one hesitant sheep and carried him across the traffic in his arms.

This photo by former staff photographer Pete Grant was published in the Oct. 18, 1955, Los Angeles Times.


  1. January 14, 2014, 3:46 pm

    ” Prophetic sheep in 1950’s seen in this rare photo as they tried warning of traffic jams in future Los Angeles with a reinactment of what was to be. Sadly, unable to communicate the warning, their message went unherd… err… unheard… and now we see how prophetic the event truly was – as stuck we are all in traffic each day on the 101, 405, 10, 110, 210, 605 and more. If only we’d understood the message… … …”

    By: ADarvai
  2. January 14, 2014, 5:58 pm

    Not much has changed in 60 years.

    By: Scott White
  3. January 14, 2014, 6:32 pm

    Grand opening of the valley’s first Starbucks.

    By: Scott White
  4. January 14, 2014, 7:52 pm

    When I saw the headline, I thought maybe Obama was in town again and his supporters were flocking to a fundraiser. Ha! Ha ha! Marvelous!

    By: Ted
  5. January 15, 2014, 7:24 am

    I grew up in Woodland Hills on the edge of Calabasas, and on Summer nights in the early 1960s, I remember hearing the tinkle of the sheep bells as the Basques herded their flocks near our house.

    By: David Lynch

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