Early view of the 3rd Street Tunnel and Angels Flight, downtown Los Angeles, circa 1910

Early view of the 3rd Street Tunnel and Angels Flight, downtown Los Angeles, circa 1901In this shot, we go way, way back to a turn-of-the-century downtown Los Angeles that none of us would recognize. Back then, Bunker Hill really was a hill. Here we see the 3rd Street Tunnel and Angels Flight railway — they both opened in 1901. I bet the local Angelenos in this photo were excited they no longer had to scale Bunker Hill to get to the other side now that they had a tunnel to go through it and a funicular to go up it.

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2 Responses to Early view of the 3rd Street Tunnel and Angels Flight, downtown Los Angeles, circa 1910

  1. Hi – I loved Angels Flight and I think you would have too. Was thinking about Thalberg; he was The Genius and Hollywood has never had anyone else to compare. What he did at MGM was truly amazing. Do you agree? Love always, Lou.

  2. Jean Hunter says:

    Yes, Louella, I very much agree with you re: Thalberg and MGM. For one, I’m glad he listened to Paul Bern and purchased Harlow’s contract from Howard Hughes. She was sensational in her first MGM feature, “Red Headed Woman,” great script by Anita Loos. The Thalberg building should have been built and dedicated to honor him while he was still alive.

    Lovely picture of Harlow, Thalberg and Norma Shearer in 1934:

    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/f3/a7/7a/f3a77a7476659130e418c7491f33abf0.jpg

    Martin, re: the 3rd Street Tunnel and Angels flight – here’s another very early shot:

    https://www.tumblr.com/search/third%20street%20tunnel

    Seen on the corner, the Vegetarian “Cafeteria” was way before its time!

    https://victualling.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/vegetarianrestoutwest1902.jpg

    Thanks, Martin.

    Jean