Last of the great stations

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The Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal opened on May 3. It was the last of the large multi-railroad depots built.

“In a city full of instantly recognizable architecture, it stands out as an iconic symbol of Los Angeles.

“Over 500,000 people turned out for the Opening Day parade.  (The city’s 1940 census population was just over 1,500,000).

“A 6,000 seat ampitheatre was set up to stage “Romance Of The Rails,” an elaborate production depicting the history of Southern California and its development through transportation.”

Excerpts from http://metroprimaryresources.info/72-years-ago-today-union-station-is-born-the-story-and-photos-from-the-citywide-fight-over-a-central-terminal-public-transit-plan/1169/ . Learn more at the link.

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Below are pages from an advance letter requesting floats from area counties to be in the parade on opening day.

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For a complete history of the depot, read The Last of the Great Stations by Bill Bradley.

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Here is a postal cover issued for the grand opening:

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