Sunday, August 12, 2007
Old Sixth Street Wooden Bridge
1898, demolished 1968
Hollenbeck Park – map
Don’t go to Hollenbeck Park to see Historic-Cultural Monument No. 54, the Old Sixth Street Wooden Bridge, because it was torn down nearly forty years ago (right after designation, too). But do go because, despite being hacked up to make way for the I-5 Freeway back in the early 1960s, Hollenbeck Park remains a pleasant Los Angeles space on the edge of Boyle Heights.
I’m throwing in here a few shots of the park as it is today as an ointment for those who had their hearts set on a lengthy pictorial on the old footbridge.
The park is named for John Edward Hollenbeck, whose widow donated one-third of the land. William H. Workman and his wife, friends of Hollenbeck, contributed the balance. Hollenbeck died in 1885, the park was was given to the city in 1890-1891. According to Harris Newmark, Workman also laid out the walks.
The lake is re-stocked every other Friday (the Fishing Network says there’s “rainbow trout from Winter through early Spring and catfish during the Summer months. There are also bluegill, largemouth bass, crappie, and carp in here”), and if you’re a kid you may fish there license-free. It’s also the site of Feria De Los Niños.
Of course, going to Hollenbeck Park today, you’ll need to put up with the white-noise drone of the Golden State Freeway – its pillars plunge straight into the southern portion of the lake. It’s a spot to say so long to this chunk of the I-5, which changes into the Santa Ana Freeway at the interchange with the 10/101/60 not far south.
Go here and here for collections of old Hollenbeck Park postcards. For a more personal perspective on the park and the surrounding area, see El Chavo!’s entry on Metroblogging Los Angeles.
The black and white shot at the top is from the UCLA Library Digital Collections.
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