Los Angeles Railway

LARy at 5th and Central

Posted on: November 7, 2012 by Pacific Electric 16 Comments

Los Angeles Railway car and tracks pass the Golden State Hotel and the Tacoma Bar on November 1, 1911, which is believed to be looking north at the corner of 5th and Central Streets in this real photo postcard. It is near the Los Angeles Ice and Cold Storage Company which can be seen in the background. The hotel and bar property are now a parking lot.

Michael Patris Collection

Michael Patris Collection

16 Responses

  1. Gene Collins

    November 7, 2012

    Is this view now in the 2012’s showing Phillip’s French Dipped Sanwiches?

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    • Pacific Electric

      November 7, 2012

      Our group does not do the display at Philippe’s but we do have one now running at the Pasadena Museum of History through January 2013. learn more at http://www.pasadenahistory.org.

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    • Victor D'Agostino II

      November 7, 2012

      Phillip’s French Dipped Sandwiches is now and as far as I know allways been at 1001 N. Alemeda

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      • Harry Marnell

        November 7, 2012

        As far as I’ve been able to determine, Philippe’s http://www.philippes.com/ has occupied six different locations – one of them twice – since 1903:

        617 N Alameda: 1903-1908
        316 N Alameda: 1908-1912
        138 N Spring: 1912-1913 (site of today’s City Hall)
        617 N Alameda (again): 1913-1916
        -(gap between 1916-1918)-
        246 E Aliso: 1918-1925… ?
        346 E Aliso: 1925-1951
        1001 N Alameda: 1951 – present

        Quite a journey within a radius of less than half a mile!

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  2. Ed Workman

    November 7, 2012

    Is the actual name of the place “Phillipe” ?
    Been too long
    I had a friend who prounounced it Fee Lee Pay’s
    But french makes more sense cuz mexican dip is salsa

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    • Ken Harrison

      November 7, 2012

      Indeed, the true pronunciation is “Phi-LEAP.” Note that there is no “apostrophe s” as it is not a possessive name.

      Been that way since I first encountered it in the early 1950s.

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  3. Fred Gruchalla

    November 7, 2012

    The Los Angeles Cold Storage Building is still there. Painted and without the word “ice” in the name, but still there.

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  4. DepotCat

    November 7, 2012

    If I’ve got the right road junction on Streetview, it’s all changed. It looks more of an industrial type of area now. Found the old cold storage place in the background of the old photo is still there. There’s also a news item about a black special police officer named Arington who arrested a man and had to fight off a mob at Fifth and Central Avenue…”MOB ATTACKS NEGRO OFFICER” from the Los Angeles Herald, October 15, 1905. Opposite this junction there was an old rail road depot called Arcade Station.

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  5. Harry Marnell

    November 7, 2012

    Yep, the Los Angeles Ice & Cold Storage Company building at the N/E corner of 4th & Central – 707 E 4th St –
    http://goo.gl/maps/QGPcJ was built in 1905 and improved in 1950:
    http://tinyurl.com/AssessorsRecord

    The “Golden State Hotel” from which the postcard picture was taken, was at 844 E 5th Street from *at least* as early as 1923 and as late as October 1961 according to City directories

    http://tinyurl.com/GoldenStateHotel-1923
    http://tinyurl.com/GSHotel-1961

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  6. DepotCat

    November 8, 2012

    This is the view as it is today:
    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=central+ave+and+5th+street+los+angeles&hl=en&ll=34.041672,-118.239863&spn=0.010046,0.01929&sll=34.041702,-118.239863&layer=c&cbp=13,25.1,,0,-3.64&cbll=34.041787,-118.240002&hnear=S+Central+Ave+%26+E+5th+St,+Los+Angeles,+California+90013,+United+States&t=h&z=16&panoid=6H2Q8eSXcxGsq6pNr9a42Q

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  7. DepotCat

    November 8, 2012

    OK – You’ll have to copy and paste the whole of the above link to get a StreetView from the corner of 5th and Central.

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  8. Butch

    November 8, 2012

    Try this link for a street view – http://tiny.cc/zw9fnw

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  9. DepotCat

    November 9, 2012

    There was a LARY carbarn on Central Ave between 6th & 7th Streets? Now a bus depot I believe. Found this on Flickr: http://tiny.cc/21zinw

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  10. DepotCat

    November 9, 2012

    If you look at the Sth Alameda Street side of the bus depot there are still tracks in the road. No idea if these belonged to the Los Angeles Railway. It’s hard to tell what guage they are. http://tiny.cc/pk1inw

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  11. Steve Crise

    November 15, 2012

    5th Street does not cross Alameda Street. It ends it’s eastbound route at Central. The tracks on Alameda were once double track standard gauge Southern Pacific main line, single tracked in the late 70’s, now owned by the Union Pacific. I dont think this street trackage has been use for many years.

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  12. flyinglow

    January 14, 2013

    Wow! This is so cool. I actually work LA Cold and according to company history, that building was built in 1895. It’s amazing that it is still fully functional to this day.

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