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Know Your City No. 29 – Lake at Hollenbeck Park

Know Your City No. 29 – Lake at Hollenbeck Park

December 1955: Frank Q. Brown’s image of the lake at Hollenbeck Park appeared in the Dec. 16, 1955, Los Angeles Times. This photo was part of the Know Your City photography series. The original caption reported:

KNOW YOUR CITY, NO. 29– Look at that bridge again and you’re almost certain to guess where this was taken. Only one place in town with a span like that. It’s for people, not trains. See Page 32, Part 2.

ANSWER: Sure, it’s the lake in Hollenbeck Park, the photo being made near the Boyle Ave. entrance. The park acquired its name for the very logical reason that most of its acreage was given to the city by Mrs. J.E. Hollenbeck.

Oops, some of the information was wrong. A correction appeared in the Dec. 31, 1955, Los Angeles Times:

Correction: In No. 29 of this series, a photo of Hollenbeck Park, it was erroneously reported that most of the acreage for the park was donated by Mrs. J.E. Hollenbeck. Actually, two-thirds of the property was donated by Mr. and Mrs. William H. Workman and it was their suggestion that the park be named for J.E. Hollenbeck, a close friend.

In 1970 the bridge was torn down and replaced by a pontoon bridge – photos below.

Nov. 18, 1970: Bulldozer removes dirt from Hollenbeck Lake bottom to make room for new pontoon bridge. The old bridge had been torn down a month earlier. This photo was published in the Nov. 19, 1970 Los Angeles Times.

Nov. 18, 1970: Bulldozer removes dirt from Hollenbeck Lake bottom to make room for new pontoon bridge. The old bridge had been torn down a month earlier. Credit: Ben Olender/Los Angeles Times.

April 25 1971: Youngsters take the hard way over the new pontoon bridge completed across the refilled lake in East Los Angeles’ Hollenbeck Park.

April 25 1971: Youngsters take the hard way over the new pontoon bridge completed across the refilled lake in East Los Angeles’€™ Hollenbeck Park. Credit: Ben Olender/Los Angeles Times.

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