Jackie Hadnot Wood Carving for El Pueblo
Pictured is a wood carving by artist Jackie Hadnot, who is known for his train and rail related wood-works and who was also featured on an episode with Huell Howser several years ago creating pieces he calls “Wooden Ironhorses.” This unveiling took place on April 7, 2016, where is has been permanently installed in a window frame of the former Los Angeles Railway building at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, the back side of Olvera Street, at 611 Alameda Street, across from and facing Union Station. The wood purchase was made possible by a grant from Las Angelitas del Pueblo and Jackie donated his time and talents to render this project. There are three more window alcoves which, over time, could possibly have additional carvings, but, in the meantime, Jackie will be busy carving a new crucifix for Olvera Street.
Jackie Hadnot carved a piece for the Mount Lowe Preservation Society which was on display at the Pasadena Museum of History for the Pacific Electric Railway Then and Now show and we are proud supporters of Jackie’s work, providing historical images and information to him to assist in his creations.
Hi Jackie this is Maria Herrera, my husband admired all your carvings. His name was Lee Herrera, he passed away 2 years and 2 months ago. He worked for the Railroad for 45 years and he loved his job. He always said that when he was a little boy he played with trains and when he grew up he still played with trains but a just bigger size.
Every time we went to Olvera Street he wanted to go visit you, so I left him with you while me and our daughters and I went shopping. He always wanted to buy one of your beautiful carvings. Him, our daughters and me always looked forward to visit you, even now that he’s not with us we like to go talk to you.
I’ve been meaning to contact you for a while, But time just goes buy and I always say maybe tomorrow. Well Today is tomorrow. Last time that our daughters and I visited you you mention That you were going to an event were they were going to award and honor you for all your amazing work. You told us that you were going to talk about the visits from him and how he loved to talk to you about trains. Y
You were and still our highlight when we go to Olvera Street. Seen you brings great memories of him in his wheel chair talking to you about his passion. I’m just wandering if you had the opportunity to mention him and have a video from that day.
I want to thank you a thousand times for being so kind and sweet to him. Our daughters and I miss him a lot. He’s in our thoughts and in our hearts. I miss him so much that it hurts really bad not to have him with me. Please keep in touch