1123 on Olive Avenue in Monrovia
Pacific Electric interurbano no. 1123 rolls through a bucolic scene on Olive Avenue in Monrovia, just east of Myrtle Avenue. The image is dated March 1951.
Alan Weeks Photo
Alan Weeks Collection
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This photo was taken just east of the Monrovia station (which is hidden by the trees in the extreme left), between Myrtle Ave and Ivy St. The spur track in the foreground went to warehouses on the south side of Monrovia station; where freight cars would be shuttled between Monrovia and the Southern Pacific yards.
I don’t recall any connection between the Duarte Branch a.k.a. the Day & Night Spur in downtown Monrovia. The only connection I know of was at the west end, near the Arcadia Substation, until the east end near Mountain Ave was connected to the main line in 1950 or 51 in anticipation of the abandonment between LA and Arcadia.
Bob – the Day & Night spur switch was just east of Mountain Ave., and entered the east side of the factory. The spur was never electrified; and, I doubt if it was ever used. The bridge abutments are still in place crossing Sawpit Wash (flood control channel) just south of Royal Oaks Ave. The bridge was a wooden trestle, which was dismantled just a few short years ago to make way for new buildings and parking lots on the old Day & Night site.
I remember seeing the bridge just west of Mountain Ave. under construction in 1950 or 51. PE brought out a steam-powered pile driver to sink the wooden piles that supported the bridge. Prior to that, the track had been cut back from Duarte, possibly in the 1930s–the SP station was still in place in Duarte in the 1940s, near the present site of the firehouse, although the track was gone.