Huntington Drive Washout

L. A. Toothaker Collection, Thomas Pollock Collection

L. A. Toothaker Collection, Thomas Pollock Collection

Pacific Electric right-of-way is in shambles after a major washout along Huntington Drive. The image is possibly from 1938.

L. A. Toothaker Collection
Thomas Pollock Collection

From Tom:

All I can tell you about the next two snapshots is that one has “Huntington Dr” written on the back, but that may well be enough. I figure it is all but certain that this washout is from the disastrous 1938 floods (one reason why LA now paves everything INCLUDING its streams and rivers). The clothes and the cars suggest that is the right era, not to mention the amount of damage. No overhead is visible (the poles might have been taken out too, this close to the washout) but the configuration is two tracks between two auto roadways, the “Double Drive” as Huntington was then commonly known. The auto roadways have also been seriously undermined.

As for that guy balancing on top of one of the trestle bents, I’m not sure I want to know how he got up there (or why) or how he got down. Looks like he was teetering up there long enough for this photographer to walk quite a distance around dubious ground to take shots from almost diametric-opposite angles, assuming that’s the same guy in both shots. He is holding what looks like it could be a surveyor’s leveling rod and target. The wreckage of a more sophisticated steel deck truss are still lying in the gully so I’m assuming they are putting in a quick-and-dirty trestle to get at least one roadway back in service. Looks like a thankless job.

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  • Joe Manzano

    Good evening I like the pic. I live on Huntington Dr. North, City of Los Angeles in the community of Rose Hills. I am searching for any info on the Pasadena Short Line Rose Hill Park or Rose Hill Red Line Stop, near or at corner of Montery Rd. and Huntintgton Dr. Thank You

  • Bob Davis

    The same bridge washed out in 1943, dropping PE 1143 into the hole. My dad was working at the San Marino Post Office (when it was near the El Molino stop/junction) and told me about seeing the “recovery train” with the body on one flatcar and the trucks on another. The car was repaired and returned to service, and presumably was shipped to Argentina in 1951 with the rest of the 1100s.

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