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Central Manufacturing District, Vail Field Area, looking east
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Kelly-Holiday Mid-Century Aerial Photo Collection
Kelly, Howard D
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Central Manufacturing District is an industrial tract of approximately 2800 acres, partly located within the cities of Commerce, Bell, and Vernon. In 1923, the tract comprised 300 acres of the old Rancho San Antonio, one of the original Spanish land grants. Railroad lines and utilities were laid and the Terminal Building became the first structure erected at 4814 Loma Vista Avenue, and serves as its landmark. In 1928 the assets were purchased by the Santa Fe for further development. The district added new areas in 1930, 1932, 1947 and 1948 - to provide for new and expanding industries and services. Thus it has grown from its original 300 acres to more than 2800 acres. More than 60 food companies are located in the CDM, which also houses automobiles, furniture, household items, machinery, paints, paper, plastics, steel, trucks, wood, cosmetics and also the benefits provided by service and processing companies of all types. CMD, which has been called the largest development of its kind in the world, is located eastward from Soto Street to Garfield Avenue; the southern edge is bordered partly by Fruitland Avenue and Randolph Street; on the northern edge are Washington Boulevard and the Santa Ana Freeway route, partially extending north beyond the freeway line.
Aerial view of the Central Manufacturing District, Vail Field Area, located in the city of Commerce; view is looking east. The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway runs diagonally across bottom right corner; the Santa Ana (5) Freeway, paralleled by Telegraph Road are horizontally at bottom; Malt Avenue and Yates Avenue are seen diagonally from middle right to upper left; Washington Boulevard curves along the left. The area is filled with warehouses and railroad tracks are scattered throughout. Photograph dated April 28, 1958.
1 negative :safety ;11 x 14 cm.
Photographic safety negatives
Kelly-Holiday Mid-Century Aerial Collection
KHAF 480-7; GPC_b25_f4_i15 (Photographic print)
Central Manufacturing District (Los Angeles County, Calif.)
Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Industrial facilities--California--Commerce
Express highways--California, Southern
Railroad tracks--California--Commerce
Mountains--California, Southern
Commerce (Calif.)--Aerial views
Commerce (Calif.)
Interstate 5
Aerial photographs

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