Friday, November 29, 2013

2 Freeway: Rosebud Ave Overpass 1961-2013

Photo: Smith, 1961.  This 1961 photo reveals so many things about the history of Corralitas Drive (on the other side of the freeway), that we're going to talk about it for a few days.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

In 1961, this was a brand new alignment for Rosebud Ave, under the newly built 2 Freeway.  According to the Smith family (who built their house on Corralitas Drive in 1938), this entrance to Corralitas did not exist before the freeways.  Rosebud may have been 100' down Allesandro (closer to Riverside Drive) than its current location, lining up with the actual hillside street.  Our only good pre-freeway photo is from 1940, but it is not conclusive.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, October 13, 2013. Both photos shot from the paper street right of way of Modjeska, looking across Allesandro St, under the 2 Freeway on Rosebud Ave to Corralitas Drive & the Corralitas Public Staircase going up the hillside.

If you've got pre-freeway photos of the neighborhood surrounding the 2 & 5 Freeway interchange, email jpegs to us:  Please include as much pertinent info as possible, including photographer, year, where your family lived or worked in the area etc.& if your family is still in the neighborhood.