Thursday, May 7, 2009

1959: Fletcher Viaduct Destruction

Photo: Mack, Herald Examiner, August 1, 1959. Dismantling of the Pacific Electric Fletcher Viaduct, shot from Riverside Drive looking toward Glendale Blvd. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Although Pacific Electric discontinued the Glendale Red Car Trolley Line in 1955, it was another four years before they dismantled the viaducts at Fletcher and Riverside Drives, as well as Glendale Blvd. and Riverside Dr. Grading for the nearby freeways began in 1960.

Considering how long it took the powers that be to get around to removing the abandoned viaducts, it appears our neighborhood has always been a Political No Man's Land.

For reference, in the above photo, what we refer to today as the Red Car Property is to the left of the viaduct; the Menlo Property is to the right.