Category: Travel

Railroad Boosters trolley trip

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Image: cropped frame from PACIFIC ELECTRIC RAILWAY BOOSTERS CLUB INTERURBAN TROLLEY TRIP LOS ANGELES CA RED CARS 17304e

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIjHmyOqBHY

The Railroad Boosters (now Pacific Railroad Society) were southern California railfans who sometimes chartered trips on trolleys and trains. The video at the link is from a 1939 trip they took from Los Angeles to points north of San Bernardino on the Pacific Electric red cars. At 5:32 you can see where tank cars were filled with Arrowhead water near the famous Arrowhead Hotel.

This is a silent amateur movie that offers a glimpse into the greater L.A. area. A few seconds are blank (6:10 to 6:20) followed by seemingly random shots of trolleys that may or may not have been part of this trip. In the comments section of the youtube link there are some mentions of locations seen.

This film was saved and made available by Periscope Film LLC. Learn more about them and how to support their work at https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm .

 

Cabot Yerxa and his pueblo

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Image: undated but may be 1939 based on the appearance of the construction just beginning. From  https://image.slidesharecdn.com/extraordinaryspaces-131107155949-phpapp01/95/extraordinary-spaces-sitespecific-collections-and-their-challenges-7-638.jpg?cb=1402667053 . Photographer not identified.

Cabot Yerxa, the man who found the spring that made Desert Hot Springs famous, built a quirky four-story, 35-room pueblo between 1939 and his death in 1965. Now a museum run by the city of Desert Hot Springs—Yerxa was the town’s first mayor—the Hopi-inspired adobe structure is filled with memorabilia of his time as a homesteader; his encounters with Hollywood celebrities at the nearby Bar-H Ranch; his expedition to the Alaskan gold rush; and many other events.

Excerpt from https://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/california/palm-springs-and-the-desert-resorts/things-to-do/sights/reviews/cabots-pueblo-museum-580357 .

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Image: undated. From https://66.media.tumblr.com/08bdd7872c1bac13cae88526cb980e82/tumblr_inline_my2uh1ahbx1rpb43t.jpg . Photographer not identified.

Learn more about Yerxa at https://www.palmspringslife.com/miracle-in-the-sand/ .