California in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to the Golden State

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Railroad Stations: Central Station, Central Ave. at E. 5th St. for Southern Pacific Lines and Union Pacific R.R.; Santa Fe Station, Santa Fe Ave. at E. 1st St. for Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Ry.; new Union Station, Alameda Blvd. between Aliso and Macy Sts., in use after March 1939 (estimated) for Union Pacific R.R., Southern Pacific Lines, and Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Ry.; Pacific Electric Ry., 610 S. Main St. and 423 S. Hill St. (interurban). Bus Stations: Motor Transit Lines, 560 S. Los Angeles St. and Union Stage Depot, 202 E. 5th St.; Pacific Electric Ry., 423 S. Hill St.; Pasadena Ocean Park Stage Line, Inc. (Hollywood to Pasadena only), 1625 N. Cahuenga Blvd. (all interurban). Central Bus Depot, 603 S. Main St. for Santa Fe Trailways, Burlington Trailways (Nat’l. Trailways System), and Airline Bus Co.; Union Pacific Stage Depot, 451 S. Main St. for Union Pacific-Chicago and Northwestern Stages, and Inter-State Transit Lines; Union Stage Depot; 202 E. 5th St. for Original Stage Lines, Mount Wilson Stages, and Inland Stages; Greyhound Terminal, 560 S. Los Angeles St. for Pacific Greyhound and Inland Stages; Independent Bus Depot, 218 E. 7th St. for Dollar Lines and Independent Stages; All American Bus Depot, 629 S. Main St. for All American Bus Lines and Overland Stages; 809 E. 5th St. for Los Angeles-Trona Stages. Sightseeing Tours: Rosslyn Hotel, 5th and Main Sts. and depot at 544 S. Hill St. for Tanner-Gray Line (city and Southern Calif.); Pacific Electric Bldg., 6th and Main Sts., and Biltmore Hotel, 5th and Olive Sts., for California Parlor Car Tours, Inc. (Los Angeles to San Francisco, and to Yosemite). Streetcars and Busses: Los Angeles Ry. (yellow cars, local), fare 7¢, four tokens for 25¢, weekly pass $1; (yellow busses, local), fare 10¢, weekly combination pass (also good on P.E. local cars) $1.50; Pacific Electric Ry. (red cars, local), fare 6¢ local zone, 10¢ additional zone, and up; Los Angeles Motor Coach Co. (yellow and red busses, local), fare 10¢ local zone, 15¢ additional zone, and up.

Airports: Grand Central Air Terminal, 1224 Airway, Glendale, for American Airlines and Pan American Airways, taxi 75¢, time 45 minutes; Union Air Terminal, 2627 Hollywood Way, Burbank, for United Airlines, TWA, and Western Air Express, taxi $1, time 55 minutes; Catalina Airport, Wilmington, near Catalina Terminal, to Catalina only (Avalon) fare by P.E. 44¢ to Wilmington, free fare to airport, time 46 minutes via P.E., 5 minutes to airport.

Taxis: Fare 20¢ first ¼ mile, 10¢ each additional ½ mile, 1 to 5 passengers.

Piers: Ships berth in Los Angeles Harbor, San Pedro, Wilmington, West Basin, and at Terminal Island. Coastwise passage on occasional freighters only. For travel to East Coast, outlying possessions, and foreign countries consult telephone directory or travel bureaus.

Boats for Santa Catalina Island: Leave Catalina Terminal (berths 184-185) foot of Avalon Blvd., Wilmington, 10 a.m. daily; round trip, $3, children $1.50, automobile storage at pier, 50¢. Boat train leaves Pacific Electric Station, Los Angeles, daily, 9 a.m.

Traffic Regulations: Speed limit 20 m. in business districts, 25 m. in residential districts. Right turn against red from right hand lane after full stop, but pedestrians and vehicles proceeding with signal have right of way. No parking along red or yellow curb; 3 min. limit at white curb; 15 min. limit at green curb; otherwise 45 min. parking in Central Traffic District 7-4:30; no parking 4:30-6 p.m. Unlimited parking 6 p.m.-2 a.m.; 30 min. limit 2-4 a.m.; unlimited 4-7 a.m.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations ix
  • Maps xiii
  • General Information xv
  • Calendar of Events xix
  • A Guide to Recreation xxi
  • Preface 1939 xxix
  • Editorial Staff xxxi
  • Introduction xxxiii
  • Part I - California- From Past to Present 1
  • El Dorado Up to Date 3
  • Natural Setting and Conservation 8
  • The First Californians 33
  • California’s Last Four Centuries 41
  • Riches from the Soil 66
  • Industry and Finance 79
  • From Clipper Ship to Clipper Plane 87
  • Workingmen 95
  • Press and Radio 109
  • The Movies 120
  • Education 131
  • The Arts 139
  • Architecture 167
  • Part II - Signposts to City Scenes 177
  • Berkeley 179
  • Fresno 188
  • Hollywood 192
  • Long Beach 201
  • Los Angeles 206
  • Monterey 230
  • Oakland 237
  • Pasadena 245
  • Sacramento 250
  • San Diego 258
  • San Francisco 265
  • San Jose 298
  • Santa Barbara 304
  • Stockton 311
  • Part III - Up and Down the State 315
  • Tour 1 317
  • Death Valley National Monument 645
  • Sequoia and General Grant National Parks 655
  • Yosemite National Park 667
  • Golden Gate International Exposition 680
  • Part IV - Appendices 685
  • Chronology 687
  • A Select Reading List of California Books 694
  • Index 699
  • Agriculture *
  • Education *
  • Cities I *
  • Cities II *
  • History *
  • Industry; Commerce and Transportation *
  • Architecture *
  • The Natural Setting *
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