Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Monte Sano: Last Trolley Stop Before Crossing Riverside Drive & The LA River

Photo: Unknown photographer, early 1900s, from the Ayers Family archive.  The Red Car Trolley bridge over the LA River at Glendale Blvd.  The Monte Sano Station is adjacent to the viaduct over Riverside Drive in the foreground.  The photo was shot from (what would be, as of 1923) Monte Sano Hospital at Waverly & Glendale Blvd.
Photo: Ira Swett, undated.  The river was already lined with cement at the Hyperion Bridge in the background.  Shot from the Monte Sano Trolley stop.  The Trolley is about to cross the Riverside Drive Viaduct, before crossing the LA River.  (Click on photo to enlarge.) 

The Riverside Drive Viaduct was dismantled in June 1959, four years after the last Red Car crossed the LA River
Photo: Diane Edwardson, November 25, 2009.  The Sam Menlo-owned, 157-unit, Riverglen Apartments sit atop the old Monte Sano Red Car Trolley stop.  You can still see the Hyperion Bridge trolley footings in LA River.   (Click on photo to enlarge.) 

See many more before & after photos of the Pacific Electric Glendale Line tomorrow, May 12, 2011, 7 PM.  Red Car historian Paul Ayers will give a free presentation at the Glendale Public Library.