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June 16, 1933: Dedication ceremonies of 6th Street bridge and viaduct, built at a cost of $2,383,271. This photo was published in the June 17, 1933 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

June 16, 1933: Milton Coleman cuts a flower chain extended across the center of 6th Street bridge during dedication ceremonies of the new bridge and viaduct.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Feb. 14, 1932: 6th Street bridge and viaduct during construction. Photo is looking west. The road was opened in 1933.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

June 12, 1933: Newly completed 6th Street bridge and viaduct, built at a cost of $2,383,271. This photo was published in the June 13, 1933 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Circa 1940 photo of 6th Street bridge looking east.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Oct. 17, 1946: Image of the 6th Street bridge and viaduct with the Los Angeles City Hall in the background on right.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: R. O. Ritchie / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 6, 2007: Twilight falls and can be seen from the Art Deco 6th Street bridge over the L.A. River.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times

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June 16, 1933: Dedication ceremonies of 6th Street bridge and viaduct, built at a cost of $2,383,271.

The first photo in the above gallery accompanied a story in the June 17, 1933 Los Angeles Times reporting:

Marking a new epoch in the development of Los Angeles transportation history, the recently completed East Sixth-street viaduct connecting the metropolitan area with Whittier Boulevard was formally dedicated and opened for use yesterday afternoon. The ceremonies were attended by representatives of city and county offices, civic leaders and a throng of residents of the East Sixth-street neighborhood.

Milton Coleman, a small boy of the district, was chosen to snip the flower chain extended across the center of the bridge and while the police band played, flags fluttered and the crowds cheered the barrier was severed and traffic started on its way.

Proceeding this ceremony dedication services were conducted from a rostrum erected midway on the bridge, with Councilman (George) Baker of the Ninth District acting as master of ceremonies.

Mayor (John) Porter emphasized the importance of transportation arteries as one of the greatest necessities for progress and said the construction of this avenue, in which members of the community have co-operated with the city, is an evidence that Los Angeles will continue to move forward.

The chairman read a letter of congratulation from Mayor-elect (Frank) Shaw and Merrill Butler, bridge engineer, told something of the history of the structure. It was begun, he said, in May, 1931, and entirely completed just a few days ago. The total cost was $2,383,271. The length of the span and approaches is 3546 feet he said, with a roadway fifty-six feet wide. He explained that it is the longest and largest of the bridges spanning the Los Angeles River. ….

Now crumbling beyond repair, the 6th Street Viaduct will be replaced. For more check out this June 1, 2015 story by reporter Thomas Curwen: New 6th Street Viaduct is a bridge to a different future.

scott.harrison@latimes.com

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