Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Red Car Property: Carved By Dynamite?

Photo: California Historical Society.  1905. Pacific Electric Red Car Trolley heads north past the curve from Lake View onto what we now call the Red Car Property.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Nathan Masters writing for LA Magazine, digs up a little known piece of history of the Red Car Property Neighborhood. LC Brand & Company used dynamite to clear a flat space for  the area known as the Allesandro Cut and from the look of the above photo, the hillside where the tracks made the curve around Lake View Ave & Allesandro Way onto the Corralitas Red Car Property.  Keep in mind, the Red Car Property was reshaped yet again 1960-62, as countless tons of earth were removed for the grading of both sides of the the 2 & 5 Freeways.