Union Station Opens, May 5, 1939
May 5, 2009 | 1:00 pm
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: A huge park from Alameda to Spring Street is proposed across from Union Station.
How the area actually appears on Google Earth.
This is a slightly different perspective on the origins of Union Station, which is usually limited to the displacement of Chinatown.