Passing Arcadia Tower at Speed
The Pacific Electric whizzes past Arcadia Tower in this undated image by Jack Whitmeyer. With all the construction in the area lately, the Gold Line Extension will be going by this area once again, in many places on the old P. E. right of way. Of course, now there will be no tower and no freight lines to cross. (Editor’s Note: Gold Line Extension to Glendora complete; extension to Montclair now in development.)
Jack Whitmeyer Photo, Craig Rasmussen Collection, Jack Finn Collection
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I seem to remember the tower but can’t remember its location. Can anyone shed some light on this?
PE had a short stretch of street running on St. Joseph Ave. Where St. Joseph meets the former ATSF right-of-way, it turns northwest and becomes Flower St. The tower would have been on the south side of St. Joseph, where the sidewalk ends. It was taken out of service around 1952, when the PE main line to Monrovia was removed. The non-electrified Day and Night Spur/ex SP Duarte branch running on Santa Clara St. remained in service for about ten more years; since this line had only a few trains a week, the PE crew probably went to the Santa Fe station just east of the tower to get permission to cross the 2nd District.
The Gold Line will run on the former Santa Fe 2nd District. It will not use any ex-PE right of way, but will parallel the route between Azusa and Glendora between downtown Azusa and Citrus College.