Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history
Sept. 6, 1909: Edmund Waller "Ted" Gale draws Gen. Adna R. Chaffee, head of the Board of Public Works.
|Civil engineer W.O. Secor tells a remarkable story: As he was riding the Downey Avenue streetcar at Naud Junction, a flame shot from an automobile going south on Main and set fire to the clothes of a woman standing on the corner. He hopped off the streetcar, extinguished the flames -- which had burned away almost all the woman's clothing below the waist -- and got back on the streetcar. It was only when he resumed his ride to Eastlake Park that he realized he had burned his hand and went to the hospital.
Feb. 5, 1940: The Naud Junction signal tower at Alameda and Ord is torn down, evoking memories of the old days of railroading in Los Angeles. (Note: Because of the way Typepad handles images, this looks fuzzy but if you click on it, the image is readable).
Aug. 24, 1899: The Orpheum presents barrelistic wonders and rag time comedians, plus Joseph Adelman, master of the xylophone.
|The Times reports "baseless prosecution" of Richard Woodward, a homeless drug addict who accidentally broke a pane of glass at a Ferguson Alley saloon.|
-- So how are you, Morty?
Union Station by Marion Eisenmann, Aug, 8, 2009
Marion sends her impressions of Union Station, the crossroads for countless travelers since it opened in 1939. Think of how many people have rushed through the station to catch their train -- and how many more have spent tedious hours waiting to leave or anxiously anticipating someone's arrival. The nation no longer travels by rail as it once did, but I still feel a spirit of adventure whenever I see the sign: "TO TRAINS."
July 21, 1969: "First, the picket who you sent to the hospital wasn't a student! He had no reason to be on this campus -- except to stir up trouble!"
Maury Wills continued to play like a kid in his second stint with the Dodgers, hitting safely in his 14th consecutive game. The Times' John Wiebusch noted that it was the Dodgers' longest hitting streak since 1965, when Wills hit in 20 games in a row
Not all the Dodgers were doing so well, as they lost to the Giants, 7-3, to fall into second place.
"I've never felt better," Wills said. "My legs are strong and my reactions are good. But it is the same as before. Personal things mean little if the team is losing."
Baseball couldn't compete with a moon walk.
The Angels split a doubleheader against Oakland that was sprinkled with historic moments. None of them happened on the field, however.
Rick Monday was hitting for Oakland in the second inning when the game was stopped and a message flashed on the Big A scoreboard: "We have landed on the moon."
Many of the fans at Anaheim Stadium took the message and headed home early.
"The second game ended five minutes before Apollo 11 astronauts began preparations for their unprecedented walk on the moon," The Times' Mitch Chortkoff wrote. "In anticipation of the event, however, all but about 3,000 spectators departed the ballpark before the second game ended."
That's one small step for man, one giant leap out of the ballpark.
Emily Anderson begins her re-creation of Alice Ramsey's 1909 cross-country trip this morning. Follow her progress on her website. Or on Twitter.
Update: Emily Anderson has started -- in the pouring rain. The 1909 Maxwell gets a police escort out of New York and is being followed by a 1907 Spyker from the Netherlands.
June 9, 7:30 PDT: The team reports a loud noise from the engine, as if one of the connecting rods broke a bolt. "Might be up all night fixing this," the team says.
June 10: Day 2 - car in the 'hospital' - hurt but not broken. We are delayed this morning but resting to go later today or tomorrow morning.The Maxwell is alive and kicking. Tim and Rich dedicated 26 hours to fixing it. We are meeting in the hotel lobby at 8a.m. to continue on!
June 11: 5pm ish 5 miles in the knocking noise starts to pick up again ... Super bummer. Car has to stay at the shop and get worked on fast and furiously we are done for the day ... really tired. lots of rain.poor car. sunburned wrists never thought to put sunscreen on wrists before
Problem solved! oil was not reaching front cylinder and causing the babbit to run dry get hot & melt. totally fixed, car running! Relief.
June 13: car runs beautifully - excited to hit the open road but will have to take it slower tomorrow. long afternoon nap and dinner in buffalo.
June 14: Emily Anderson and the Maxwell reach Ohio. 7 15pm we made it! After singing songs and climbing a few last hills we were greeted by cousins and friends.
June 19: Had a wonderful lunch in Jefferson, IA. Stormy weather has returned so we had to eat and run. 120 miles left to go Omaha.
June 20: Day to relax in Omaha. Excellent hosts. Maxwell on display sat/sun at Durham Museum for Railroad days!
June 22: Made it to Grand Island, NE. Babbs finished up in style.
June 24: Arrived in Cheyanne, WY @ 7 PM. So great to be driving and cross another state line!
June 29: Lehi, UT for the night!
July 2: wonderful evening bbq hosted by the mayor of ely and the amazing railway museum. got to visit the engine house and board an 09 steam engine
July 3: Made it over 6 passes and a through a hail storm...Will lay our heads in Austin, NV.
July 3: RENO, NV!
July 8: Made it to San Rafael, CA. Awesome greeting by the Sagar family! Thanks guys!
July 9: "From Hell's Gate to the Golden Gate" Alice Ramsey 1961 We made it!!
July 12: 10am Babbs is hitting the road again - trailering to whidby island today and her final resting spot. i am having babbs driving withdrawls!