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Know Your City No. 143 – Pacific Electric tunnel

Know Your City No. 143 – Pacific Electric tunnel

April 3, 1956: An image of the former Pacific Electric tunnel entrance, taken for the Know Your City photography series. This photo by R.L. Oliver appeared in the April 9, 1956, Los Angeles Times. The original caption reported:

KNOW YOUR CITY, NO. 143 — This could be one you’ll recognize right away — or will puzzle you for hours. Only one in town; used to be a busy place and has had a lot of people temporarily in the dark. For the answer see Page 36, Part 1.

ANSWER: Yep, it’s the old abandoned Pacific Electric tunnel through which interurban cars used to rumble from Glendale Blvd. to the Subway Terminal. …

The subway closed in June 1955. For more, check out this previous From the Archives post: Pacific Electric Subway opens.

In addition, Steve Harvey wrote this 2009 article: The colorful saga of Los Angeles’ first subway tunnel.

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