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Union Station Opens, May 5, 1939

May 5, 2009 |  1:00 pm


March 15, 1939, Union Station
Photograph by the Los Angeles Times

March 15, 1939: At a luncheon at the Biltmore Hotel to plan the opening gala for  Union Station, R.E. Southworth stamps the tickets of A.D. McDonald, president of the Southern Pacific; J.R. Hitchcock, manager of the board that supervised Union Station, and W.M. Jeffers, president of Union Pacific.

March 15, 1939, Park

March 15, 1939: A huge park from Alameda to Spring Street is proposed across from Union Station.

Union Station via Google Earth

How the area actually appears on Google Earth.

May 5, 1939, Union Station

This is a slightly different perspective on the origins of Union Station, which is usually limited to the displacement of Chinatown.