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Sixth Street Bridge and L.A. River
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Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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For many years the Los Angeles River was the subject of many jokes because of its dry riverbed. Originally an alluvial river that ran freely across a flood plain, the Los Angeles River's path was unstable and unpredictable with the mouth of the river moving frequently from one place to the other. The river was prone to bursting its banks with devastating affects, a problem that plagued the local area well into the 1930s. This situation ultimately lead to an outcry for flood control measures. The Army Corps of Engineers began an ambitious project of completely encasing the river's bed and banks in concrete leaving only a trickle of water flowing down its middle. Today, this intermittent river flows for most of its 51 miles through a narrow concrete channel.
This photo was taken from the 7th Street viaduct looking north. It shows the Sixth Street viaduct with rough and muddy waters full of debris swirling down under the Los Angeles River basin, pre-1938 cementing. Photo dated: November 9, 1937.
1 photographic print :b&w ;13 x 18 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
L.A.-Bridges-Sixth Street Bridge.
River channels--California--Los Angeles
Railroad tracks--California--Los Angeles
Bridges--California--Los Angeles
Rivers--California--Los Angeles
Sixth Street Bridge (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles River (Calif.)
Slade, Milton.

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