Pacific Electric interurban no. 1111 rolls through a winter wonderland on the Oak Knoll Line at Old Mill Road in San Marino on January 11, 1949.
Harold F. Stewart Photo, Stan Kistler Collection
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I remember that day–the newspaper reports said it was the first time it snowed in Pasadena (and Monrovia, where I lived at the time) since 1932.
Snow and palm trees seems an odd combination. I take it that this type of weather is rather unusual for this part of California.
Cat those arent palm trees
Amended- well maybe a couple
Unusual is putting it mildly–I don’t think we’ve had snow at this elevation since the day that photo was taken.
We lived in Claremont California for 3 years and it got down to 24 winter 2012, and up to 115 that summer.
Actually only once since, in 1962 when I was going to South Pasadena Junior High. It was such a sensation that they let us out of classes to play in it!
Off all the IDIOT, STUPID, BRAINLESS things we So Cal denizens have done nothing is LAMER than ripping out all the Red Line tracks in the fifties. Walt Disney had a whole plan to put MORE tracks and rails in So Cal when Disneyland went up in the mid fifties. They didn’t do that THEY RIPPED OUT THE ONES THAT WERE THERE SO PEOPLE WOULD HAVE TO DRIVE CARS! Capitalism at its WORST.
I’d like to see evidence of Disney’s plan to expand rail service.
That was the great blizard of 49. We had snow on the ground in Long Beach! I used to have a photo taken at American and 20th and everything as far as you could see was white.
My earliest memory is of my Mother, also a California native, taking me outside in my pajamas as a three year old, to see the unheard of Southern California snowfall in 1949.
Regarding Walt Disney (and his organization): As I recall, he proposed building a system of Alweg “monorails” along freeway medians. This is the sort of concept that looks great on the cover of “Popular Science” magazines but there are too many disadvantages to make it practical execept for short-haul closed-loop operations.