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ARMCO, Malt Ave. and Garfield Ave., looking west
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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 ARMCO Drainage and Metal Products, Inc., located at 6155 S. Malt Avenue within the Central Manufacturing District, in the city of Commerce; view is looking west. The company manufactures metal drainage and construction products for use on highways, railroads, airports, and by various industries. Randolph Street, paralleled by the Southern Pacific Transportation Company railroad, are vertically along the left, Garfield Avenue peeks out from bottom left corner, and Malt Avenue is visible at lower center (behind the ARMCO warehouse). Bell Gardens High School, located at 6119 Agra Street in the city of Bell Gardens, is visible at top left, and several railroad tracks are visible throughout. Photograph dated February 14, 1960.
1 negative :safety ;11 x 14 cm.
Photographic safety negatives
Kelly-Holiday Mid-Century Aerial Collection
KHAF 522-9
Central Manufacturing District (Los Angeles County, Calif.)
Southern Pacific Transportation Company
Industrial facilities--California--Commerce
Manufacturing industries--California--Commerce
Railroad tracks--California--Commerce
Industrial sites--California--Commerce
Commerce (Calif.)--Aerial views
Los Angeles River (Calif.)
Commerce (Calif.)
Aerial photographs
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