Early photo of the Los Angeles River - likely from Tujunga Avenue Bridge - Gif to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from David High - July 2009 (click on image to enlarge)
I asked Richard Bogy, Toluca Lake historian, to give his opinions about this early photograph of the Los Angeles River. I share his views.
Richard Bogy comments:
"What a great picture! A beautiful shot of what was once a beautiful river.
That is most definitely Cahuenga Peak at the back. I would say this was taken from the old wooden Tujunga bridge sometime in the early spring prior to 1938 and taken during early-mid sunset hours (5 to 6).
1) Judging from the perspective of the Peak to the front hill – which I believe is the hill that juts out at Vineland Avenue . Only two bridges are closer ( Vineland and Lankershim) but the perspective is right for Tujunga.
2) Water in River at the front base of photo has had the natural flow disturbed as evidenced by the turbidity that goes back to a natural ripple in short distance – probably by the footings of the bridge. Water is moving in the right direction.
3) The Tujunga bridge was washed out in January 1939 – thus photo is
4) The distant foliage and hills appear to be green from winter rains – so it’s early Spring.
5) There is a wire fence just along the south bank of the river. At this time the Weddington family was farming (I think Walnuts) on the north bank of the River here. Cattle were grazed on the South and up the hill – which would be consistent with the wire fence.
6) Sun is setting behind the camera."