Pico and San Vicente Viaduct in Demolition, January 1963
The end has come for the San Vicente Viaduct. It was a cold, dark, and drizzly over cast day, when I snapped this photo with my little “Brownie Box Camera” in January 1963. An army of demolition exerts aided by bulldozers and two heavy crane mounted wrecking balls, finally did the mighty span in.
The job had been scheduled to take 8 weeks, but dragged on for more then 14 weeks. The bridge did not give up as easily as the contractor had thought it would.
Ralph Cantos Photo, Ralph Cantos Collection
UPDATE: A color shot taken in February 1962 by David Cameron showing the same demolition work underway. The perspective is San Vicente Boulevard looking west from Pico Boulevard.