Ralph Melching Photo, Pacific Railroad Society Collection

Ralph Melching Photo, Pacific Railroad Society Collection

View of Vineyard Junction, Sears and Roebuck Pico store and the West Blvd Bridge. Cooper Lumber Company, the business located in the lower left hand area of the image, has just suffered a devastating fire as the rubble of destroyed buildings show. Cooper Lumber did rebuilt and survived into the late 70’s, when the property was sold to a chain of home improvement stores that was known as Builders Emporium. Today the tracks are gone and have become San Vicente Blvd, and Cooper Lumber property is a mixed use transit center.

Ralph Melching Photo, Pacific Railroad Society Collection

Ralph Melching Photo, Pacific Railroad Society Collection

Ralph Melching Photo, Pacific Railroad Society Collection

View looking east from Pico Blvd Viaduct showing traffic detour at Rimpau on acct of fire at Cooper Lumber Co. on 1-6-40. Eastbound traffic on Pico Blvd is being diverted north on Hudson Ave. Westbound traffic is being diverted north onto Rimpau Blvd.

Ralph Melching Photo, Pacific Railroad Society Collection

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  • Matt Hurwitz
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    Positively amazing! Always wanted to have a sense of what West Blvd. bridge, and the yard before it, looked like. Very cool.

  • Jim O'Kane
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    I tried my hand at colorizing the final photo and I think the results came out pretty good! Thanks for an excellent website.

  • Caesar J. Milch
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    Great work! Really makes the picture come alive. Thanks for the time and effort.

  • DAVE MOSER
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    Mr O’Kane: You make 1940 look like 2016!

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