Pacific Electric Fletcher Avenue Bridge (1959)

Ralph Cantos Collection

Ralph Cantos Collection

The Pacific Electric Fletcher Avenue Bridge in 1959.

From Ralph Cantos:

By 1959, the Fletcher Dr Trestle had become a liability ,young kids throwing rocks off the bridge onto passing autos below, and in some cases, daredevil motorists driving their autos over the bridge itself. The City had enough, and the bridge was taken down. This image shows the bridge in 1959 just before the end. It had been abandoned for almost 4 years.

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  • Steve Crise

    With the new Golden State Freeway, aka Interstate 5, just down the street from this location, no one was thinking about the day when that freeway would be filled to capacity at almost every hour if the day.  I’m sure at that time it was inconceivable to imagine that sort of over crowding could ever happen. Makes you wonder what missed opportunities we are  overlooking today. 

  • Michael Patris

    Hey, that is cartoon character Little Lulu on the extreme right of the frame… too bad she got cut off…

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