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Union Station Opens, May 4, 1939

May 4, 2009 | 11:00 am

June 13, 1915, Southern Pacific Station
Los Angeles Times file photo

June 13, 1915: Before Union Station, there was the Southern Pacific depot on Central between 4th and 5th Streets, which replaced an even earlier depot called the Arcade Station.

  Jan. 26, 1939, Santa Fe Station

Los Angeles Times file photo

Jan. 26, 1939: There was also the Santa Fe Station and 2nd Street and Santa Fe.

May 4, 1939, Union Station, Big Gun
Photograph by the Los Angeles Times

May 4, 1939: Union Station opens. A Union Station was proposed as early as 1906 as part of Charles Mulford Robinson's City Beautiful project. It sometimes takes a while to get things done in Los Angeles.