Friday, August 28, 2009

Riverside Drive: Red Car Remnants

Photo: Clarence Inman Collection, undated. Red Car Trolley viaduct foundation & staircase at Riverside Drive & Glendale Blvd. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Long after the Pacific Electric Red Car Trolley viaduct crossing Riverside Drive at Glendale Blvd. was demolished, the foundation and staircase remained. The staircase previously provided pedestrian access from Riverside Drive to the Monte Sano trolley stop.

Parts of Riverside Drive must have seemed like some kind of archaeological site: viaduct footings at Fletcher, staircase to nowhere like the one above at Glendale Blvd. and bridge footings in the LA River. The staircase was finally demolished about the time of construction of the apartment building at Riverside & Glendale in the late 1980s.