Burbank Finds 1959 Time Capsule
Photograph by Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times
The 50-year-old time capsule about to be freed from the Magnolia Boulevard Bridge.
Times Staff Writer
With a hammer and a chisel, a Burbank city worker this morning carved out a tiny silver time capsule 50 years after it was first tucked into the base of the Magnolia Bridge.
"It was there -- we found it," said deputy city manager Joy Forbes, excitement and relief bubbling through her voice.
City officials did not know the capsule was due to be opened on Feb. 5, 2009, until Larry Harnisch at the Times' Los Angeles history blog e-mailed them over the weekend. City workers hustled to find the location of the time capsule. When they pried off the dedication plaque on the base of the bridge, near 1st Street and Magnolia Boulevard, they found a darker patch of cement.
Stan Lynch, who attended yesterday's event and the original ceremony in 1959, told the Burbank Leader: