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Monday, April 26, 2010



Young men leaving for CCC work - Photo courtesty of Ron Magneson 2010 (click on image to enlarge)
Glendale Motorcycle Officer Supervising the Departure of a CCC train 1933
CCC Train 1933 Glendale, California

Valuable connections in San Fernando Valley history are often made by photos tucked away in a drawer or in one of those magical old boxes in a guest room. Here Glendale resident Ron Magneson shares three classic photographs of young Americans in the Civilian Construction Corps (the CCC). The photos, taken in 1933, show CCC "boys" (as they were called, heading to either a training camp or to one of the thousands of environmental projects in rural America. CCC recruits planted over 3 billion trees across the United States, changing the nation's ecology.
Ron Magneson comments:
"The photo's are from the LA County Fire Department archives and show a train near the intersection of Glendale Ave and Broadway ....across from the old Glendale resident Hotel...which still stands."
"As I remember the track ended about two block to the north east on Glendale what is now the Whole Foods Market. Back in the 1930's and 1940's there was a lumber yard there. Fox Woodsum Lumber Company, I think it was called and covered the area from Wilson Ave to Lexington Avenue along Glendale Avenue. The spur track connected onto the main line somewhere between Brand Boulevard and Fletcher Drive."

Thanks Ron, you have added important pieces of San Fernando Valley history. The Museum of the San Fernando Valley serves all parts of the greater Valley, including Burbank and Glendale.

3 comments: said...

Thank you Ron, great photos.

Unknown said...

Great high quality photos. A sad reminder of the central planning sweeping the western world at the time.

Bob said...

That was the Glendale & Montrose RR.