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Aerial view of Vail Field and Central Manufacturing District, looking southeast
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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, located within the cities of Commerce, Bell, and Vernon; view is looking southeast. Some identifiable areas include: the Santa Ana (5) Freeway is curving diagonally on upper left, paralleled by Telegraph Road; AT & SF RR line is bottom middle to upper left (crossing Rio Hondo on extreme left); Slauson from lower right to top left (crosses where the 5 Freeway, Telegraph Road and Rio Hondo meet on upper left); SPT CO RR running slightly diagonally from middle right to the 5 Freeway; Rio Hondo is horizontally on upper portion; And Garfield Avenue is diagonally on lower right. The city of Downey extends beyond Rio Hondo at the top with Florence Avenue and Paramount Boulevard running horizontally in the distance. Photograph dated November 26, 1955.
1 negative :safety ;12 x 14 cm.
Photographic safety negatives
Kelly-Holiday Mid-Century Aerial Collection
KHAF 228-14; GPC_b22_f2_i17 (Photographic print)
Union Pacific Railroad Company
Central Manufacturing District (Los Angeles County, Calif.)
Industrial facilities--California--Commerce
River channels--California--Pico Rivera
Railroad tracks--California--Commerce
Streets--California--East Los Angeles
East Los Angeles (Calif.)--Aerial views
Pico Rivera (Calif.)--Aerial views
Commerce (Calif.)--Aerial views
East Los Angeles (Calif.)
Pico Rivera (Calif.)
Commerce (Calif.)
Aerial photographs
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