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Know Your City No. 140 – Hyperion Avenue Bridge

Know Your City No. 140 – Hyperion Avenue Bridge

April 3, 1956: The eastern end of the Hyperion Avenue Bridge over the Los Angeles River and Riverside Drive.

This photo was published in the April  6, 1956, Los Angeles Times as part of the Know Your City photography series. The original caption reported:

KNOW YOUR CITY, NO 140 ––These things keep getting easier and easier. Surely you recognize this scene. It isn’t a sewer, even if it does have the same name. See? Even if it was easy, we keep giving it away. What is it? See Page 28, Part II.

ANSWER – It’s the Hyperion Ave. Bridge that swoops down over Riverside Drive and the section of it shown in the photo is near its eastern end where it intersects with Glendale Blvd. out in the Atwater district. Sewer? Well, we have a Hyperion sewer, don’t we? Admittedly pretty far-fetched, but then. …

The Hyperion Avenue Bridge opened in early 1929. It’s also known as the Glendale-Hyperion viaduct. According to the March 24, 1929, Los Angeles Times, the bridge cost $1.5 million to build.

In 1956-7, the 5 Freeway was built along the western bank of the Los Angeles River.

Panoramic view of Glendale-Hyperion bridge with the Los Angeles River and the hills, circa 1927.

March 1929: Panoramic view of Glendale-Hyperion bridge with the Los Angeles River and San Gabriel mountains in the background. This photo was published in the March 24, 1929, Los Angeles Times. Credit: Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive/UCLA.

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